Police in southern Vietnam have arrested a man with a long criminal record for allegedly killing a debtor in a pitched battle between two groups last year.
Nguyen The Minh, 30, took 50 accomplices to the fight in Ho Chi Minh City in June 2011 to recover money he was owed after winning a football bet, news website VietNamNet Thursday quoted the police as saying.
Following his arrest, Minh told the police that Ho Giang Tin Nghia owed him money but refused to pay up.
Nghia died during the fight at his apartment building in District 4, and was found with dozens of knife injuries.
Two of Nghia's nephews and a friend were injured.
Minh claimed the conflict would have been less violent if Nghia had not fetched some accomplices to challenge him a few days earlier.
Three of Minh's men gave themselves up to the police soon after the killing while one was arrested last August.
Minh himself was taken in earlier this month when the police received information he was attending a friend's wedding in Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta.
The police said they had been on Minh's track for months around various southern provinces though he had kept eluding arrest.
He allegedly committed the crime at a time when he was supposed to be treated for mental illness following an arrest for destroying others' properties in February 2010.
Minh has been in and out of jail since 17 for robbery, fraud, and deliberately causing injuries.
The police are now looking for his right-hand man, Nguyen Tan Dat, 33.
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