Additional probe ordered into reporter murder case

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Prosecutors have demanded additional investigations into the murder of a reporter in Long An Province early this year.

Cao Minh Tri, spokesman of the provincial prosecutor's office, told the media on Monday (September 19), that the investigation results they received from the provincial police on July 20 have several details in need of clarification.

According to police reports, on January 19, Tran Thuy Lieu set her husband Le Hoang Hung, a journalist for Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper, on fire while he was sleeping at their home in Tan An Town.

Hung died ten days later due to severe burns without providing police any further details in the case.

Lieu turned herself in a month later, confessing that she was taken a revenge on her husband because he had beaten her and accused her of having an affair. She also admitted to being the sole culprit, police said.

Tri from the prosecutor's office didn't elaborate about the unclear details, but a source told Thanh Nien that the three-page investigation results were too short. Police have proposed that prosecutors charge Lieu with murder.

The source said many details were not taken into account in the investigation report, including contradictory points in Lieu's confessions against other witnesses' testimony, information about a man accused of buying a rope at a nearby shop that Lieu used to stage the crime scene, and handwritten letters, phone calls and text messages between Lieu and Nguyen Van Tam a former market management official in the area.

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In a document sent to Long An Party unit, Director of Long An Police Department Phan Chi Thanh said Tam had come to meet Lieu several times to coach her on how to mislead investigators. This was not taken into account in the investigation results, the source said.

On August 8, Nguyen Van Tam was dismissed for his connection with Lieu. Tam was working at provincial Market Management Division No. 5, which maintains legal trading in Thanh Hoa and Tan Thanh districts, when the incident happened. His Party membership was also revoked.

Tam was found to have visited Cambodian casinos with Lieu many times. He was accused of having an affair with Lieu, which prompted suspicions that he was involved in the case.

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