VietNamNet Bridge – A Vietnamese journalist who was set on fire while he was sleeping by a stranger who broke into his private house died on January 29 – after 10 days in critical condition.
Le Hoang Hung, 51, of Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper, passed away at 13: 45 after an unidentified intruder broke into his home, doused him with chemicals and set him on fire while he was sleeping alone in a room on the second floor.
He suffered from up to 50% burns.
The mattress, blanket and pillows on which he was sleeping were burnt to ashes.
Tran Thi Lieu, Hung’s wife, said she was in another room with their two kids downstairs when she saw him rushing into the room and screaming: “Help me! Someone tried to kill me!”. His body was on fire at the time.
She pushed him into the bathroom and sprayed water onto his body before taking him to hospital.
Lieu said Hung had recently told her about strange phone numbers that constantly sent threatening messages to his mobile phone, and that he had planned to report to the police.
Police have targeted some suspects but up to now, the cause of the crime and identify of the killer are under investigation.
But it is highly likely that the incident stems from Hung’s high-profile reporting.
Hung was an active reporter covering sensitive issues on corruption, social evils and the underworld. He recently wrote about state wrongdoings at the Long An Province Market Control Department and trans-border smuggling.
He left two daughters, one 12 and the other 17 years old.
Before 2007, Hung used to write freelance for Tuoi Tre, covering news in Long An and Tien Giang provinces under penname Tran Vu.
Then, he specialized in news on internal and governmental affairs.
Source: Tuoi Tre