Chinese national suspected of murdering 2 in Los Angeles says he will surrender to the US

Shi Deyun (second from left) is escorted by police officers in Hong Kong on Jan 24, 2016.
Shi Deyun (second from left) is escorted by police officers in Hong Kong on Jan 24, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - A Chinese national sought by the United States on suspicion of murdering two nephews in Los Angeles told a Hong Kong court on Monday (Jan 25) that he would surrender to the US authorities.

Shi Deyun is suspected of having killed two of his teenage nephews, aged 14 and 15, at a home in Arcadia, a city in Los Angeles county. The victims were found on Friday and Shi was arrested on Saturday at Hong Kong Airport.

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

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

He added that he was in poor health and a poor mental state, and that he had a history of cardiovascular disease.

The US authorities have made a formal extradition request for Shi, but no date has yet been set for his possible return with the case adjourned until Feb 11.

Shi, whom the US police consider "armed and dangerous", is also suspected of attacking his wife, the US authorities have said.

Shi, however, told the courtroom that "the details of the allegations against me are not true". He 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.