Two Chinese held over killings in Philippines have diplomatic immunity

The Philippines said today two Chinese diplomats being held over a gun attack that killed two colleagues had immunity and would be sent back to China.

Manila: The Philippines said today two Chinese diplomats being held over a gun attack that killed two colleagues had immunity and would be sent back to China.

China's consul general in the central Philippine city of Cebu was wounded, and two of his staff members shot dead, during the lunch time attack in a private room of a restaurant yesterday, according to police.

Police detained a husband and wife who were at the lunch, and foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose said today they were both accredited Chinese diplomats.

"Custody will be given to the Chinese side and they will undergo legal process in China," Jose told reporters.

Jose said China had already invoked diplomatic immunity as its right under the United Nations' Vienna Convention.

However, the positions held by the two suspects at the consulate remained unclear.

In a statement released before briefing reporters, Jose said those involved in the shooting were "all members" of the China consulate in Cebu.

But the statement then said: "The shooting was an extreme act of a relative of a staff of the consulate general". 

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