Vietnam demands South Korean probe into wife murder

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Vietnam has demanded that South Korea conduct a thorough investigation into the death of a Vietnamese woman that was allegedly murdered by her Korean husband in Busan last week.


The statement was made by a spokeswoman from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday.


Thach Thi Hong Ngoc, 20, came to South Korea to marry Jang Do Hyo on June 1. The marriage was brokered by a third party. After just 8 days in the country, Ngoc was found beaten and stabbed to death in her new husband's home. 


Hyo told police that a ghost had instructed him to kill her during an argument, the Korea Times reported.

After the incident on July 8, South Korean media reported that Ngoc married Hyo via a matchmaking service without knowing he had undergone psychiatric treatment for depression and mental illness 57 times since 2005.

The Vietnamese Embassy in South Korea is cooperating with local agencies in the investigation, spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga told the press.

In the meantime, Pham Thi Anh Tuyet, a counselor from Eulim the Migrant Women and Multi-cultured Families Center in Busan, said Ngoc's parents have authorized the center to sue the brokerage firm for not telling them about Hyo's history of mental problems.


However, Korean police have said the representative of the firm, whose name hasn't been released, has denied any prior knowledge of Hyo's mental problems, according to media reports.


On Thursday, Ngoc's parents had their daughter cremated in Korea. They plan to bring the ash home in Vietnam's southern province of Tra Vinh Friday.

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