4 Vietnamese arrested for murder of compatriot in Thailand

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Thai police arrested four Vietnamese nationals Saturday in connection with the murder of a compatriot gang leader whose body was found stuffed in a garbage bin in a Bangkok apartment building.

Three men, Tran Thanh Lam, 23, Nguyen Van Thao, 19, and Le Van Thang, 29 and a woman, Dang Thi Thuy, 24, were arrested at a rented apartment in Saraburi Province.

Lam confessed to police to killing Hoang Trong Hung, 32, on March 20 in an apartment rented by his sister Tran Thi Nhung, 20, in Bangkok's Bang Phlat District.

Lam said he tied Hung up and stabbed him to death with a knife.

The other three were arrested for concealing Lam's action and helping him run away.

According to Lam, Hung was the leader of an extortion gang that preyed on Vietnamese nationals working in Thailand. They allegedly raped women and cut off the fingers of men that resisted their gang's extortion efforts.

After helping Lam to enter Thailand to work, Hung demanded 50,000 baht (US$1,700). As Lam said he did not have the money, Hung threatened to kill him.

Lam claimed to police that he had killed Hung in self-defense, after Hung had twice extorted money from him.

Hung's gang was 100 members strong, according to Lam.

On March 20, Hung's body was found in a garbage bin in an apartment in Bang Yi Khan. The building's security guard told police that he had seen a group of Vietnamese nationals going upstairs to the room and had followed them, but they ran away.

The guard entered the room and found Hung's dead, dismembered body.

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Police arrested Nhung at a bus terminal from which she was about to depart back to Vietnam on March 21.

Nhung denied her involvement in the murder. Police checked security camera footage which captured images of the four aforementioned suspects and arrested them.

The case is being investigated further.

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