Two men were charged Tuesday night by New Zealand Police for
involving in the murder of Chinese student Wan Biao four days
Local Radio Talk ZB said a man has been charged with the murder
of Wan Biao, who was found in a suitcase in Auckland's Waitemata
Harbor on Good Friday.
Another 21-year-old, described as "unemployed," has been charged
with "being an accessory after the fact," said Talk ZB.
TV One News said both of the accused will appear in the Auckland
District Court Wednesday.
Police still want to speak to a group of about four women, who
were on the corner of Wellesley and Elliot Streets in the central
city at around 3.25 am on Good Friday, when Wan was killed.
The body of Wan Biao, 19, was found floating in the Waitemata
Harbor last Friday, and the Police said that kidnapping may have
been a motive, and a ransom of 800,000 NZ dollars was sought from
Wan's parents in China.
Detective Inspector Bernie Hollewand, who is in charge of the
case, is unavailable so far for further confirmation of the
charges, while he said at a news briefing Tuesday afternoon "the
Police is close to make arrests."
Three men were questioned Tuesday morning and one of them is a
classmate of Wan who was said by the Police to have lured Wan to a
hotel and asked ransom from Wan's parents in China.
Wan was killed hours later, said the Police.
(Xinhua News Agency April 19, 2006)