By Ellen Huber
Chinese authorities say that four Chinese citizens have been caught following the alleged kidnapping and murder of two other Chinese citizens in Russia.
The four suspects were seized in China and Russia after police from each nation launched a cooperative joint investigation. Two of the suspects hailed from northeast Jilin province and were apprehended in late 2012 in China. The others, coming from nearby Heilongjiang province, were arrested in Russia and returned to China soon after.
However, these alleged criminals remained at large for months following the incident for which they are facing charges. The group is believed to have kidnapped the two victims way back on April 9th of 2012 in Irkutsk, located in southern Russia. The foursome allegedly held the victims on a four million yuan ransom.
While relatives of the victims managed to pay the kidnappers 1.6 million yuan, it wasn’t enough: police discovered the two slain victims just two days later and had been in pursuit of the alleged killers ever since.