Woman to be tried, face death penalty in reporter's murder

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A 40-year-old woman is expected this December to stand a trial in the southern province of Long An for killing her husband, a former reporter, in a murder that grabbed headlines early this year.

Tran Thuy Lieu was charged with "murdering" out of "vile motivation," which is eligible for a 12-year jail term and death sentence, VnExpress quoted provincial prosecutors as saying Friday.

Long An People's Procuracy concluded its indictment after ordering further investigations into the case in September. At that time, many details had yet to be clarified, including accusations that Nguyen Van Tam, former chief of the provincial Market Management Team No.5, was Lieu's accomplice, due to his alleged affair with her.

According to the latest indictment, due to personal conflicts, on January 19, Lieu set her husband Le Hoang Hung, a former journalist for Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper, on fire when he was sleeping in his working room on the first floor of their house in Tan An Town.

When Hung cried for help, Lieu and her family extinguished the fire and rushed him to hospital. The husband died 10 days later from severe burns.

Prosecutors said Lieu also tried to make it look like some one had broken into their house with a rope and conducted the crime.

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On February 20, Lieu turned herself in to police, saying that she had killed Hung because he beat her and accused her of having an affair.

Her confession came as shocking news to the public, because since Hung died, she had kept denying all accusations made by local media that revealed her gambling debts and her alleged affair with Tam.

Tam was dismissed from his post on August 8 for gambling in Cambodia and his connection with Lieu. Police once said that he had given Lieu advice on how to mislead investigations.

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