Alleged mastermind of brutal Hanoi stabbing arrested

By Ha An, Thanh Nien News

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A scene of crime, in which a local man was stabbed to death on his car in Hanoi, was blockaded by police on Tuesday. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre A scene of crime, in which a local man was stabbed to death on his car in Hanoi, was blockaded by police on Tuesday. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

The fourth suspect and alleged mastermind of a brutal daylight street slaying in Hanoi on Tuesday was arrested, police said on Thursday morning.

Police arrested Nguyen Quoc Van the day after his three accomplices were arrested for allegedly killing Kieu Ngoc Thanh, a 55-year old businessman on a crowded street of Hanoi on the morning of August 5.
The killers, Hoang Anh Tuan, Le Hong Thuan allegedly performed the messy assassination. 
Hoang Kim Binh hired them.
According to statements the men gave in police custody, Thanh. the  victim, lent Van more than VND2 billion (US$94,000). After numerous failed attempts to negotiate his repayment of the debt, Van and Thanh decided to meet at a cafeteria. 
Van asked Binh, 43, to secretly accompany him and get a sense of what Thanh looked like if he proved unwilling to extend his deadline.

After the negotiations failed, Van ordered Binh to “threaten” his lender.

Binh then hired Tuan and Thuan, a xe om (motorbike taxi) driver, to do the job for VND30 million ($1,400).
The two men agreed to split the fee.

Tuan and Thuan spent time secretly following Thanh to get to know his schedule.

On August 5, Tuan bought a dagger and carried Thuan to search for Thanh.

After spotting Thanh, the pair rammed their motorbike into Thanh’s Honda CRV.

When Thanh stopped his car and rolled down his window to assess the impact, Tuan stabbed him three times killing him instantly.

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