Hong Kong reopens case of dismembered model's skeleton

  • World
  • Wednesday, 06 Jul 2005

By John O'Callaghan

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police have reopened an investigation into the death of a model whose dismembered skeleton was found in a flat belonging to the brother of the city's former chief secretary, Anson Chan. 

Annie Pang Chor-ying's skeleton was found in John Fang's flat in October 1999 after she went missing four years earlier. Her head was found in a rubbish bin. 

Investigations suggested that Pang, 34, who newspapers reported had been living in the apartment, had died around June 1995. 

Fang was not living at the flat at the time. 

Police decided to reopen the case after the dead woman's sisters lobbied for an inquest. 

"Police attach great importance to the case... Police have decided to task the Organised Crime and Triads Bureau to launch a new investigation," the police said in a statement late on Tuesday. 

Organised crime has existed in Chinese society for centuries with Triad gangs, a Western name for any of several Chinese secret societies, operating in Hong Kong and beyond. 

Security Secretary Ambrose Lee told legislators last month that the coroner had decided that no inquest was required after police submitted a report in 2001. 

Given the independence of the judiciary, Lee said he was in no position to comment on the coroner's decision. 

Hong Kong was a British colony at the time of Pang's death. It returned to Chinese rule in 1997. 

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