21 February 2019
Shi Deyun (left) arrives at court escorted by a police officer Monday. Photo: Reuters
Shi Deyun (left) arrives at court escorted by a police officer Monday. Photo: Reuters

Chinese murder suspect tells HK court he will return to US

A Chinese citizen wanted by the United States on suspicion of murdering two of his nephews told a Hong Kong magistrate’s court Monday he will surrender to US authorities.

Shi Deyun is suspected of having killed the two boys, aged 14 and 15, at a home in Arcadia, a city in Los Angeles county.

The victims’ bodies were found Friday, and Shi was arrested Saturday at Hong Kong International Airport, Reuters reported.

Shi, who represented himself, said he had given his unconditional consent to be handed over to US authorities.

“I would like to give a clear accounting to the US government. Therefore I would like to return as soon as possible,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.

He said he is in poor health and a poor mental state and that he has a history of cardiovascular disease.

US authorities made a formal extradition request for Shi, but no date has yet been set for his possible return.

Shi, considered “armed and dangerous” by US police, is also suspected of attacking his wife, US authorities have said.

He told the court “the details of the allegations against me are not true” but declined to give further details.

A Los Angeles police department official said it was believed Shi was trying to get to Beijing and may have been trying to transit through Hong Kong when he was caught.

Unlike Hong Kong, China does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.

The case was adjourned until Feb. 11.

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