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Vietnamese murder convict arrested three decades after prison break

Sunday, March 21, 2021, 13:51 GMT+7
Vietnamese murder convict arrested three decades after prison break
Nguyen Van Ky is held at the police station in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, March 20, 2021. Photo: Quynh Giang / Tuoi Tre

Police in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have arrested a murder and robbery convict who escaped from prison over three decades ago.

The provincial Department of Public Security confirmed on Saturday it had apprehended Nguyen Van Ky, 66, who hails from the southern province of Bac Lieu.

Ky was the leader of a criminal racket that used guns to carry out multiple robberies in Bac Lieu Province about 40 years back.

The man also shot dead one of his subordinates following a conflict.

In 1981, Ky was arrested and sentenced to death for murder and robbery.

His sentence was commuted to lifetime imprisonment in 1987.

In 1989, Ky broke out of prison and has been wanted by police since then.

Police investigation showed that he had stayed in Long Dien District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province before moving to the province’s Xuyen Moc District about three years ago.

Ky changed his name to Tran Van Son and lived with a woman as husband and wife at a makeshift house.

The man earned a living by catching crabs and shellfish.

On Saturday morning, police surrounded Ky’s house.

He stayed inside for about 30 minutes before agreeing to meet the officers.

At first, Ky still insisted that he was Son, not a wanted criminal, but he eventually admitted the truth.

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