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Three arrested in local CPPCC official murder probe
Updated: 2008-10-27 16:43

GUANGZHOU -- Police in South China's Guangdong Province on Monday announced the arrests of three young men in connection with the murder of a senior local government political advisor last week.

The men were identified to be Li Zhongyan, Chen Pixing and Ruan Yuming, all natives of Lianjiang, a small city in Zhanjiang on the South China coast.  All three were unemployed, said a Lianjiang City Government official.

Huang Zhaoluan, vice-chairman of the Lianjiang City Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and principal of a local middle school, was attacked by three assailants in the street about 100 meters from his home at 6:24 am on October 20, said a police spokesman.

Huang suffered stab wounds to his entire body, and later died in hospital from blood loss from severed arteries in his thighs.

Police in Lianjiang began searching for the three men shortly after the attack.  Two of them were arrested in Bose, in neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Friday and were brought to Liangjiang early Sunday.

The third man was arrested on Saturday in Heliao, Lianjiang, where he was staying with his girlfriend.

A police spokesman said the murder was a "revenge attack", but refused to provide more details.

Police are continuing the investigation.

The three have been referred to the People's Procuratorate of Lianjiang City, but a trial date has not been set.