A murder suspect on the run from Taiwan's police for the past six months released his last hostage and surrendered Wednesday, ending a 24-hour standoff at the home of a South African diplomat.
Fugitive Chen Chin-hsing freed the wife of the South African defence attache, E-G-M Alexander, and was whisked away in a police motorcade to an unidentified location.
It is believed Chen will be taken first to a safe house, then flown by helicopter to a second location.
He was demanding the release of his jailed wife and his brother-in-law - both of whom have been convicted as accomplices in the kidnapping and killing of a teenage girl.
Fugitive Chen Chin-hsing surrendered to Taiwan police Wednesday night, after holding five hostages in the home of a South African diplomat for 24 hours in Taipei.
He demanded the release of his wife, Chang Su-chen, and brother-in-law, Chang Chih-hui.
Both were convicted in the killing of the 17 year old daughter of a popular TV star, Pai Ping-ping.
Chen is wanted for his involvement also in the murder.
He has also acknowledged taking part in the April kidnapping of Pai's daughter but denies actually killing the girl.
Chen insists that his family members played no role in the violence.
Pai Ping-ping appeared on local television Tuesday evening, calling on him to release the hostages and give himself up.
"If you hurt even a hair on these three foreigners, the whole world, including your wife and brother-in-law, will not forgive you."
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Chen's surrender ended a hostage drama that began about 8 P-M (1200 GMT) Tuesday - when he followed Alexander from a nearby convenience store into his home in northern Taipei.
Chen took the family of five hostage, later explaining that he targeted foreigners to draw attention to his demand for the release of his wife and brother-in-law.
They were convicted of being his accomplices and sentenced to 12 years and life in prison, respectively.
Hundreds of police in body armour lined the roads around the house, rifles at the ready.
Police tried to break into the home on Tuesday night to rescue the hostages.
Alexander and his 22-year-old daughter were injured in the crossfire.
Chen allowed police to bring the two to a hospital, where officials said they were in stable condition.
Two more hostages - Alexander's foster child and his 12-year-old daughter - were released Wednesday afternoon after officials promised they would reinvestigate the role of Chen's wife and brother-in-law in the crimes he is accused of.
After the initial shootout, police sought a negotiated solution, bringing Chen's wife to the house Wednesday morning to help mediate.
Taiwan has apologised to South Africa - one of only 30 countries that recognise the Taipei government.
South Africa plans to switch ties by the end of the year to China, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan.