U.S. Formally Requests Extradition of Suspected Killer of Henry Liu
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ The U.S. government has requested the extradition of a Taiwanese man sought in connection with the 1984 slaying of a Chinese-American journalist in California, a U.S. Embassy official said.
″The Brazilian government has accepted our request. It now must be approved by the Supreme Court,″ embassy political offier Paulo Rollo said here Monday night.
Tung Kuei Sen, 33, was arrested Sept. 20 by federal police at the request of the U.S. government. Police said he was using a false name and carrying a Thai passport.
Tung has been sought on a U.S. murder warrant in connection with the killing of Henry Liu, 52, a writer for the Chinese-language San Francisco Journal. Liu was shot to death on Oct. 15, 1984, outside his home in Daly City, Calif.
Tung was earlier reported to have been in hiding in the Philippines and Japan.
Rollo said U.S. officials were trying to get Tung transferred from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia, the capital, to speed up legal proceedings. But he said it was unlikely the transfer would occur before the court recessed Dec. 20.
Tung also was indicted by a New York court for conspiring to import and distribute more than 650 pounds of heroin.
Earlier this year a Taiwanese court convicted an alleged Taiwanese gangster, Wu Tun, 35, of murdering Liu. He was sentenced to life in prison, as was Chen Chi-Li, 42, reputed leader of Taiwan’s powerful Bamboo Gang, who was convicted of masterminding the killing.
Three senior Taiwan military intelligence officials, including the former head of the intelligence agency, were convicted of involvement in the case and have been sentenced to prison.
The United States had sought extradition of Wu and Chen for trial in California, but there is no extradition treaty between Taiwan and the United States.