The lawyer of a Vietnamese businesswoman who died in China this week said somebody might have intended to kill her and that she had mentioned a meeting with an unidentified business partner before her death.
A photo provided by Ha Thuy Linh's company shows her being honored for her business at an event in 2015
Lawyer Truong Quang Quy told Thanh Nien that during her last moments at a hospital in Guangdong, his client Ha Thuy Linh told nurses and doctors that she had followed the business partner into a coffee shop, where she was brutally attacked and robbed later.
The 45-year-old director of Ha Linh Company, a major tea exporter in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, reportedly came to China on September 19 for business.
She died three days later at the Guangdong hospital.
Quy said Linh's business trip was "unusual" because nobody knew about the business partner that she wanted to sign a contract with.
“It was the first time I had to draft and translate a contract without the buyer’s name. It was very strange,” he said.
He said he questioned Linh about this and she told him that the broker of the deal wanted to keep the buyer's name confidential.
The broker, who reportedly promised to help her sell 1.8 tons of tea a month to China, also required Linh to come alone, the lawyer said.
“Someone must have planned to kill her,” he said.
The lawyer said Linh was having difficulties selling her tea overseas and really wanted the deal.
Vietnam’s foreign ministry has asked Chinese authorities to investigate her death.