Party official and murder suspect's husband says bones found possibly belong to animals

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A commune Party chief in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, whose wife allegedly killed a local woman and burnt her body, has said that bones police found last week in his garden "possibly belong to animals."

Vo Thanh My's claim comes a week after a source told Thanh Nien that his wife Le Thi Huong, 38, confessed to the police that she had indeed burnt a woman's body and scattered the bones and ashes in her garden and a neighbor's after the woman was accidentally electrocuted last May.

My, suspended as secretary of the Kim Long Commune Party Committee Monday, was quoted by online newspaper VnExpress as saying that his family dumped in the garden bones of animals eaten at home.

He also burnt the carcasses of two pet dogs poisoned by burglars last year, he said.

My "did not believe" Huong had killed Duong Thi Thuy Binh Ha, 51, the chairperson of the local Red Cross and a cashier at the commune People's Committee.

Ha, who has been missing since May 2012, had reportedly lent Huong VND200 million (US$9,560).

In a report to the Chau Duc District Party unit, My has said he did not see his wife "burning" anything between May 14 and 17 last year.

One of the spots in Huong's garden where police found two burnt teeth and burnt bone fragments and ashes on March 14
"I did not see anything strange about my wife [during those days]," he said and took "full responsibility for the content of this report." 

"I and my wife had no personal conflicts with Ha," he added.

On March 14 police discovered several burnt bone fragments and ash and two teeth buried in various spots in the two gardens.

Earlier efforts by local authorities and Ha's family to find her or her body were in vain.

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The province police then summoned Nguyen Hai Son, Ha's son, and Duong Thi Thuy, her sister, to collect hair samples for DNA testing and comparing with the collected bones.

The Ba Ria-Vung Tau police told Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper that the bones would be tested at the Institute of Forensic Science.

The department would inform the media as soon as it got the results, it promised.

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