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Chauffeur arrested over kidnap and murder of Taiwan gambling kingpin

Published on Sep 4, 2014 6:42 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - The chauffeur of a Taiwanese illegal gambling kingpin has been arrested in Thailand for his kidnap and murder, Taiwan police said Thursday.

In a case that has gripped Taiwan, wealthy businessman Shih Chia-chin - who is believed to have accumulated a fortune worth tens of millions of US dollars through illegal gambling - was kidnapped and stabbed to death in August after his driver picked him up from an airport in the north.

The chauffeur, Hsieh Yuan-hsin, was arrested in Chiangrai in northern Thailand late Wednesday afternoon, officers at Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau said.

"The suspect is currently held in Bangkok and could be dispatched back to Taiwan soon after the Thai authorities complete their due legal procedure," an officer at the bureau told AFP.

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