China asks Taiwan to co-investigate murder of Vietnamese businesswoman, holds body

By Anh Dan, Thanh Nien News

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Ha Thuy Linh, late director of a major tea exporter in Lam Dong Province, in an interview with local media. Photo: Lam Vien Ha Thuy Linh, late director of a major tea exporter in Lam Dong Province, in an interview with local media. Photo: Lam Vien

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China has decided to hold the body of a Vietnamese businesswoman who was murdered there three months ago, possibly due to a business conflict, for more investigation after identifying new suspects.
Chinese authorities said in late November they had finished the post-mortem on the woman, Ha Thuy Linh, and Vietnam can take her body home.
But since they are now looking for two Taiwanese suspects, they need to keep the body to ask Taiwanese police to join the investigation, Vietnam’s deputy foreign ministry spokesperson Pham Thu Hang said at a press briefing Thursday.
The Vietnamese embassy in China has been urging a quick finish to the case for humane reasons, she said.
“We have made every effort to help the victim’s family bring her body home early.”
The 45-year-old victim was director of Ha Linh Ltd. Co., a tea company in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.
She reportedly went to China on September 19 to sign a contract to sell oolong tea.
A source told Thanh Nien last month that Linh was attacked and poisoned by a stranger at the airport.
She thought the injuries were not serious and did not go to hospital.
She checked into a hotel and reported the attack to the Chinese police. Later in the evening she died.
The Chinese consulate in Ho Chi Minh City informed her company of her death three days later.
The source also said the murder was due to business conflicts and the Chinese police have cooperated with their Vietnamese counterparts and arrested a suspect who told them he had been hired to kill Linh.
Linh established her company in 2008, and it is one of the largest oolong tea exporters in Lam Dong.

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