Vietnam official arrested for allegedly setting up brutal Hanoi stabbing

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The scene inside a car where Kieu Ngoc Thanh, 55, was killed last Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the polic The scene inside a car where Kieu Ngoc Thanh, 55, was killed last Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the polic

A Communist Party official was arrested late on August 9 for having introducing a personal friend to the man who allegedly orchestrated a brutal daylight slaying in Hanoi last week.

The municipal party authority on Monday suspended Le Trung Kien from his post as deputy head of a committee task with personnel-related matters at the Cau Giay District Party Unit , after police claimed he'd brokered an introduction that ended in the fatal stabbing of a Hanoi businessman on a crowded Hanoi street on August 5.

Police said Nguyen Quoc Van, 54, and Kien, 43, have been close friend since childhood. After learning that Van was having trouble with a wealthy moneylender named Kieu Ngoc Thanh, he allegedly brokered an introduction to a man named Nguyen Kim Binh.

Police say Van paid Binh to “threaten” Thanh, the 55-year old businessman who had lent Van more than VND2 billion (US$94,000) he couldn't pay back.
Instead, Binh allegedly hired two men whom police say ultimately committed the murder. 
While in custody, the hitmen and his getaway driver reportedly implicated Van and Binh.

Further investigations would be underway, police said.

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