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By Evelyne Toa

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Port Villa Presse, June 13) - One of the two suspects in the murder of Vanuatu businessman Fang Xiao Wen two weeks ago attempted suicide on Wednesday.

The suspect's relatives told The Independent that they were alerted to the incident a few hours later, saying that he was later transferred from the ex-French jail to the police station under close watch by police.

The other suspect of Wen's killing is a former prisoner who was among 23 prisoners who were released a month ago by the Minister of Internal Affairs, responsible for police, Georges Wells.

He was included on a list of six who were released on remission, and 17 under license, following recommendations from the commander of correctional services and the acting commissioner of the Vanuatu Police Force.

One of the reasons behind their release is overcrowding.

The second political advisor to Minister Wells, Peter Sakita, reiterated his minister's statement last week in parliament that in future he would consider releasing prisoners only on medical grounds.

[29-year-old Chinese national and Vanuatu citizen Fang Xiao Wen was killed and his sister, Mrs Fang Xiao Lan, seriously hurt in the violent attack. Also injured was Wen’s 5-year-old son.]

June 14, 2005

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