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Three more arrested in rape, murder of college student in northern Vietnam

Friday, March 22, 2019, 15:44 GMT+7
Three more arrested in rape, murder of college student in northern Vietnam
The body of Cao My Duyen (L) and a motorbike she used to deliver chickens are seen in these photos. Photo: T.D. / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese police have captured and launched criminal investigation against three more people suspected of raping and murdering a female college student, which shocked Vietnam last month, bringing the total number of suspects to eight.

Five men accused of directly raping and killing the young woman had been previously arrested and held under a criminal probe in the same case.

Cao My Duyen, 22, whose mother runs a poultry stall at a wet market in Dien Bien Province, was found dead kilometers from her home on February 7, days after she went missing while delivering live chickens to a male buyer.

The man turned out to be one of the five main suspects accused of holding the young woman hostage for days, taking turns to rape her before killing the victim, police said on February 18 as they wrapped up a week-long probe into the case that sent shockwaves through the country.

The men – Vuong Van Hung, Bui Van Cong, Pham Van Nhiem, Luong Van Hung and Luong Van La – were arrested between February 10 and 15 on charges of murder, rape, property appropriation, possession of narcotics, and illegal detention of a person.

On Thursday, Dien Bien police launch legal proceedings against and made the arrests of Pham Van Dung, Cam Van Chuong and Bui Thi Kim Thu for alleged roles in the same case.

Bui Thi Kim Thu, accused of covering up Duyen’s murder, is seen at a police station in Dien Bien Province after her arrest. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Bui Thi Kim Thu, accused of covering up Cao My Duyen’s murder, is seen at a police station in Dien Bien Province after her arrest. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Dung, 44, and Chuong, 45, were held on the same charges as the five initial suspects, which means they are suspected of participating in the kidnap, rape and murder of Duyen.

Thu, 44, is Cong's wife and was the first to ‘discover’ Duyen’s body and reported her ‘finding’ to police officers.

She is found to have known about the others’ alleged crimes beforehand and actively made up false details about the case to veer the investigation off course.

Thu is charged with covering up a crime.

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