MOFA denies China report on death of Taiwan national in Mexico

Taipei--The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) denied on Monday a report by government-controlled media in China that the family of a Taiwanese businessman, who was shot to death in Mexico several weeks ago, had sought assistance but been rebuffed by Taiwanese officials following the killing.

"It is absolutely not true," the MOFA said in a statement, adding that its representative office in Mexico had telephoned the family of the deceased man, surnamed Chiu (?), to express its condolences on Jan. 9, the same day he was shot and killed at about 9 a.m. in Leon City, Guanajuato State.

The office also asked local law-enforcement to do everything in their power to identify and capture the killer, the statement said.

The response came after China Central Television, a state television broadcaster in mainland China, reported that receiving no assistance from Taiwanese officials, Chiu's family had turned to the Chinese consulate in Mexico, which "actively provided assistance."

The MOFA statement further said that after a suspect was arrested, Carlos Liao (???), Taiwan's top official in Mexico, flew to Guanajuato on Jan. 27 to thank to the Mexican authorities in person and received a briefing from state prosecutors involved with the case.

Taiwan maintains no diplomatic relations with Mexico.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel