CHINESE MERCHANT SHOT DEAD IN MORESBY ROBBERY

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 5, 2008) - Armed criminals shot dead a 60-year-old businessman inside his shop in Port Moresby over the weekend and walked away with more than PGK2,000 [US$744] in cash.

The businessman, identified as Li Shen Lin from Beijing who has been doing business in the country for more than 13 years, was shot dead.

According to a witness, five men armed with three factory made pistols stormed into the man’s shop in downtown Port Moresby’s Steamships Plaza around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday and shot him twice in his abdomen before walking off with cash and other items.

The criminals left the shop leaving Mr. Lin who was bleeding on the floor and security guards who had run for cover. Lin was rushed to the Pacific International Hospital. Lin died from loss of blood around 1:30 p.m. the same afternoon.

Many Chinese businesses in Port Moresby closed yesterday in protest of the robbery and killing. Most of them met at the Chinese Embassy and discussed what action to take.

The president of the PNG China Friendship Association Stanley Shi said during the gathering the frequent violent crimes against the Chinese community in the country did not give a good image to the relationship between the two countries.

"Last year, two Chinese were shot dead at Gerehu in a similar incident while many Chinese businesses are robbed or their owners have been shot over the years," Mr. Shi said.

"We want the PNG Government and relevant authorities to address this issue."

The counsel to the Chinese Embassy Chao Liang said the Chinese government was helping PNG in lots of ways but the killing of the man was "a bad image."

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