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Oita police put 2 Chinese wanted for murder on int'l list.

OITA, Japan, March 27 Kyodo

Police said Wednesday they put two Chinese who left Japan in January on an international wanted list for killing a man in Oita Prefecture who helped them during their stay in Japan and injuring his wife in an attempted robbery.

The Oita prefectural police said they asked Chinese authorities through Interpol to locate and confirm the whereabouts of Po Zhe, 21, from Liaoning Province, and Zhang Yue, 23, from Jilin Province, who face robbery-murder charges.

They said they could not demand an investigation into the two because Japan and China have no extradition treaty.

According to investigations, the two left Fukuoka airport in southwestern Japan for China several days after the crime.

They allegedly fatally stabbed Satoshi Yoshino, a 73-year-old construction firm president, in his house in Yamaga in the prefecture and tried to kill his 72-year-old wife Emiko by stabbing her in the abdomen around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 18.

Both were students at Beppu University in the prefecture and Yoshino was Zhang's guarantor in Japan.

Po is also wanted on robbery and murder charges in the stabbing of a woman at an Osaka hotel last December, according to police.

Two other Chinese men and a South Korean man, all past students at the university, have been arrested and indicted on robbery-murder charges in the Oita case, but the police consider Po and Zhang the main culprits.

The three others are Kim Min Su from South Kyongsang Province in South Korea, An Fengchun from China's Jilin Province and a 19-year-old man from Fujian Province whose name was withheld because he is a minor.

The victim's company had provided An with part-time work.
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Date:Apr 1, 2002
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