Man to face charges for robbing bank chief in northern Vietnam

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Police in Hanoi have asked local prosecutors to charge a man with robbing Techcombank's board chairman of VND500 million (US$23,980), after having threatened to murder him back in 2009.

According to police's findings, in April 2009 Nguyen Hoang Long, 30, texted and called Ho Hung Anh, the bank chairman, offering to give him a CD related to his "privacy."

On April 21 that year, Long met Anh at the latter's office, claiming he had been hired to kill the bank executive for VND500 million. Police said the man also told Anh that he was carrying a handbag containing one kilogram of explosives.

Long then asked Anh to pay him VND1 billion ($47,900) in exchange for his life and information on the person behind the murder plot.

The board chairman offered to pay Long VND500 million and the latter agreed, police said.

After taking the money, Long escaped the bank's headquarters and was not seized until August 13 of last year. Police said that following the arrest they confiscated VND302 million ($15,300) from the suspect in order to pay back Anh.

Police said the CD that Long offered to give Anh was in fact not related to the board chairman's privacy.

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During the time of the robbery, Long was already wanted by police in the central province of Thanh Hoa on suspicion of fraud, according to police.

report on the news website Hanoimoi (New Hanoi) said that in 2006 Long returned to Vietnam after studying abroad in Singapore and established a company providing hospitality services.

He then allegedly defrauded people by promising to help them study in Singapore, but then fled to Hanoi with their money where he allegedly plotted the robbery of Anh, the report said.

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