China brings home couple in killing of Chinese diplomats in Philippines for trial

Philippine officials say a Chinese consular officer and her husband, who allegedly killed two other Chinese diplomats and wounded their consul general, have been taken back to China where they will be tried.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the Philippine police turned over the couple to Chinese authorities who flew them to Xiamen in southeastern China on a chartered flight from central Cebu City Friday, two days after the fatal shooting inside a restaurant.

Police say the consul's husband has been accused of killing diplomats Sun Shan and Hui Li and wounding Consul-General Song Ronghua Wednesday at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Cebu.

Jose says the Chinese government invoked diplomatic immunity for the couple under the 1961 Vienna Convention and a 2009 bilateral accord between Beijing and Manila.