Hanoi lecturer admits sending death threats to investigative journalist

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Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, investigative reporter with Phu Nu TP.HCM (HCMC Women) newspaper Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, investigative reporter with Phu Nu TP.HCM (HCMC Women) newspaper

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An investigative reporter on Thursday said a university lecturer in Hanoi apologized to her for making anonymous death threats, which had prompted police to open an investigation. 
Nguyen Thi Thu Trang of Phu Nu TP.HCM (HCMC Women) newspaper told Tuoi Tre newspaper that the lecturer of the Military Technical Academy, whose name was withheld, called her on Thursday.
He admitting that he was the person who threatened her and her family members in text messages last week.
The man said he did not intend to harm Trang and asked for forgiveness, according to Trang.
Late last year, the lecturer was reprimanded by the Communist Party after Trang's stories exposed an illegal ring that claimed it could help job seekers secure a position at public kindergartens in Hanoi’s Soc Son District. 
The man was named among the brokers who charged candidates VND150-250 million (US$6,700-11,200) for a job.
Hanoi authorities then launched an investigation into the case and arrested two members of the ring over fraud charges.
They said they have found no violations in the recruitment process at Soc Son District’s public kindergartens.
After Trang reported that the lecturer had apologized to her, Hanoi police said they still continued to investigate into the case.

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