A student from Zhejiang province suspected of strangling his girlfriend to death while studying abroad in the US was arrested in China, nearly 10 months after the victim was found dead, China’s Ministry of Public Security announced on Monday.
Li Xiangnan, a former University of Iowa student, faces the charge of intentional homicide, Xinhua reports. His arrest was ratified by the Wenzhou City People’s Procuratorate on June 19.
Police say that Li and his girlfriend Shao Tong, an Iowa State University student, had gotten into an argument about their relationship before she was killed. Li fled to China on September 7 last year and handed himself into Wenzhou police on May 13.
The case was particularly unusual because Li and Shao were both Chinese students, as CNN reports:
There was little precedent for a case like this, where a Chinese student was wanted for questioning in the killing of another Chinese student in the U.S.
There is no extradition treaty between the nations, and the likelihood of China handing Li over for questioning — when he could be found — was slim, legal scholars told CNN in the spring.
At the invitation of U.S. law enforcement, Chinese authorities sent an investigative group to the U.S. to gather evidence in early June, according to the Ministry of Public Security.
Chinese and American investigators studied the crime scene and questioned certain witnesses. The U.S. authorities handed over evidence, documents and video materials to the Chinese delegation.
The victim’s father is now seeking the death sentence for her suspected killer.
“A Chinese saying goes, ‘A murderer should pay for his crime with his life,” he said in the same report.
“I hope Li will be brought to justice.”
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