An official in the southern province of Long An will be expelled from the Communist Party for gambling in Cambodia and having an affair with a woman currently facing charge of killing her husband, provincial authorities said Monday.
The punishment against Nguyen Van Tam, former chief of a local market management team, will take effect this week, said Duong Ngoc An, chief of the local Party Unit's inspectorate.
The Party Unit also asked his employer, the provincial Market Management, to dismiss Tam from his job, according to An.
On June 11 Tam was sacked from his post as chief of the team for gambling in Cambodia and having an affair with Tran Thuy Lieu, 40.
Lieu is accused of setting her husband, Le Hoang Hung, on fire when he was sleeping January 19. She said he often beat her out of jealousy.
Hung, a former reporter at Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper, died ten days later due to severe burns.
In a recent letter sent to the Party Committee of Long An, Phan Chi Thanh, director of the Long An Police, said investigators found "signs" that Tam had aided and abetted Lieu in the murder.
Police say that Tam had given Lieu advice on how to mislead investigators. She didn't turn herself in until February 20.
But when the province press charges against Lieu for the murder, Tam was not charged with a crime.
Lawyer Nguyen Van Duc, who represents Hung's family, last week told the press that the family has asked local prosecutors order a new investigation into the case, because of conflicts between recorded evidence and what Lieu told them in her confession, including information pertaining to her motive.