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Fugitive has media hostage

SYDNEY — If you thought the U.S. was the only place where justice is administered by television, think again.

In scenes worthy of “Mad City,” Taiwan’s most wanted fugitive, Chen Chin-hsing, a suspect in the kidnapping and killing of the 17-year-old daughter of a leading Taiwanese TV actor, took time out from a standoff with police to sing a kids song with a TV anchor.

Chen took a South African diplomat and his family hostage in their Taipei mansion and then, according to Australia’s Financial Review, spent most of the ensuing 24-hour standoff giving live interviews to voracious local media.

He sang songs, fielded questions about when he was going to kill himself, accused police of torturing his wife and generally poured out his heart before complaining he was unable to speak to hostage negotiators because of the avalanche of interview demands.

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