Ex-head of Vietnam firm charged with attempted murder of top cop

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The Khanh Hoa Prosecutors' Office has charged the director of a local private company with attempting to murder the director of the provincial police department last July.

Nguyen Viet Truong, 57, former director of the Nha Trang-based rock quarrying Song Ma Company was charged with [attempted] "murder" and "illegally manufacturing, stockpiling, transporting, using, trading or appropriating explosive materials." 

If convicted of both crimes, Truong faces up to 20 years in prison.

The incident took place at around 6 a.m. on July 30, 2012. Tran Ngoc Khanh, director of the Khanh Hoa Police Department was taking his motorbike out of his house on Phan Chu Trinh Street when Truong detonated the explosive he had placed near the door.

The explosion blew away the door and parts of the wall but Khanh, luckily, walked away uninjured.

A day later, the Ministry of Public Security's investigators and local police identified Truong as the prime suspect.

A raid of his house and his company's quarry produced 475 detonators and 30.4 kilograms of explosives without a legal documentation, along with other evidence showing he was responsible for the explosion at Khanh's house.

Truong confessed he had set off the explosive via remote control device when Khanh was taking his motorbike out of the house.

According to police, Truong had objected to investigations into property disputes between his company and the Ho Chi Minh City-based Kiet Viet Company.

The two companies agreed to cooperate to exploit a rock mine in Khanh Hoa's Can Lam District and became embroiled in a property dispute.

Truong filed complaints against Kiet Viet with Khanh Hoa's economic crimes division, accusing his business partner of defrauding and depriving him of his property.

But the police concluded then that there was no sign of criminal activity and that the situation was a civic dispute.

He had proposed to meet Khanh, the police director, in person at his house to discuss about the case but Khanh refused and directed him to a division at the provincial Police Department.

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