Nguyen Thanh Phu, an investigator from southern Binh Duong province’s Thuan An town, was demoted from major to captain due to his seducing the wife of a suspect who hanged himself at Ben Cat district police office last month.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen holds her deceased husband's photo Photo: VnExpress
Binh Duong province police department has decided to demote Phu after the investigation result confirmed he had wooed Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen, the wife of Nguyen Cong Nhut, 31, who was a warehouse manager for Korean tire maker Kumo.
Phu was dispatched from his town to Ben Cat to help investigating the loss of over 6,600 car tires worth US$291,000 in Kumho last year.
Nhut was assigned by Kumho to arrive in Ben Cat police on April 21 to work with investigators about the loss. Nhut had written to confirm he stayed voluntarily there until April 30 for the investigation, local police said.
However, he was found hanging dead on April 25.
Tuyen said on April 23, two day before her husband killed himself, she received a missed call. She called back and a man answered. He identified himself as Phu and tried to woo her.
Tuyen (C), Nhut's mother, and lawyer Tran Dinh Trien, who defends Nhut's family's legitimate rights and interests in the case (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong)
Tuyen grew suspicious and recorded their later conversations, during which Phu repeatedly suggested meeting Tuyen at a hotel.
He also told Tuyen that Nhut was asking for his help with the investigation and the Nhut wanted to sell a piece of land he owned in My Phuoc 3 Commune to pay for investigation expenses.
On April 26, one day after Nhut died, Tuyen provided the media with the recording tapes, which were later transferred to Binh Duong police.
The same day, she received two letters which the district police told her were suicide notes from her husband.
On May 11, police met Tuyen to advise her about their report on the death of Nhut following an autopsy.
The autopsy had found that Nhut had hanged himself with a telephone wire on April 25. There were neither external marks on his body nor traces of toxic substances in his stomach and intestines. There were no injuries to his brain, liver, kidney, or testicles.
A suicide note that relevant agencies confirm was written by Nhut (R), and a page of his handbook. (Photo: Dan Tri)
Forensic handwriting experts had confirmed that the suicide notes had been written by Nhut.
But Tuyen and Nhut’s family rejected the report and asked the police to provide them with all the evidence, documents, photos, and videos related to the death and the autopsy. The police said they would consider their demand later.
After the meeting, Tuyen has sent her petition to the Binh Duong Province police and prosecutor’s office, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Ministry of Public Security, and the National Assembly Justice Committee.
In the petition, she asked for a fresh investigation into the cause of his death and the handwriting in two suicide notes purportedly written by him.
Thanh Tuyen and her husband when he was alive (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong)