Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested a 41-year-old man accused of hiring people to attack his ex-wife with acid after she refused to patch up with him.
Nguyen Quoc Dung was arrested together with Le Hoang Oanh, 50, who has allegedly hired two men to attack Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, 38, when she was driving a motorbike on Vo Van Kiet Street on January 12.
The attack occurred at around 7 p.m. when two men on a motorbike threw acid on Ha, who was riding with her six-year-old daughter and housekeeper.
Ha was immediately rushed to the hospital with burns in her face and neck and her left eye has been damaged. Her daughter and the housekeeper escaped unharmed.
At the police station, Dung said he got divorced early last year. About three months ago, he has repeatedly found Ha and asked to patch up.
After she refused, he planned to attack his ex-wife with acid over suspicions that she was having a boyfriend.
Late last month, Dung hired Oanh to attack his ex-wife for VND20 million (US$890). He paid Oanh half the amount in advance and provided her a photo of his ex-wife as well as her daily schedule.
Oanh hired two other men, namely Tuan and Hai, to attack Ha for VND10 million. The duo fled after the attack.
Police are hunting the two men.