Japanese authorities released a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant, who had been arrested in March on suspicion of smuggling stolen goods due to a lack of evidence, Japanese media reported Tuesday.
Nguyen Bich Ngoc, 25, was released on Monday after Tokyo prosecutors determined their Tachikawa branch had failed to obtain sufficient evidence with which to charge her, according to The Japan Times.
Monday was the deadline for detaining her for investigation purposes, NHK World reported.
Ngoc was arrested by Tokyo police on March 26 on suspicion of transporting stolen clothing worth 125,000 yen (US$1,223) by bus from a hotel in Osaka Prefecture to Kansai International Airport last September at the request of a 30-year-old Vietnamese woman in Japan.
NHK World quoted police as saying Ngoc did not admit to being aware that she was carrying stolen goods. She told investigators that since other cabin attendants were doing the same thing, she came to suspect that the goods had been stolen.
She has been handed over to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau.
Tokyo police have asked Vietnam Airlines to order a co-pilot and four other crew members turn themselves in for questioning.
The national carrier has yet to reply the request, but announced, last month, that the five employees had been suspended pending an investigation.
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