Following the flow of events in the Cau Voi Post Office murder case in which Ho Duy Hai was arbitrarily convicted as a perpetrator, many journalists and lawyers are trying to trace important details that were accidentally omitted or deliberately removed from the case file. A series of recent findings have led to the Ho Duy Hai’s alibi and innocence or the investigators’ basic misconceptions leading to wrong conviction and omission of crimes.
Human thinking may be wrong, but that mistake creates too big gaps because important evidence is lost, important statements were ignored or even expressed contrary to the facts to the direction of accusing Ho Duy Hai, instead of the innocent assumption which is the basic principle outlined in the Criminal Code.
Up to now, many people are concretizing that the arguments of the case accusing Ho Duy Hai are almost worthless, there is no evidence nor any testimony of the witness is sufficiently convincing.
Only Ho Duy Hai’s plea, accompanied by many complaints of innocence of Hai as well as his difficult-to-understand refusals of having his own lawyer. However, has be been a victim of coerced confession? It has been 12 years, if there is, there is no evidence for torture and coerced confession. Attorney Tran Hong Phong has not once met Ho Duy Hai in the past 12 years because his requests have been denied.
Through the latest photos have been revealed, journalist Truong Chau Huu Danh made the remark that: “There were three people taking part in the dinning in the Cau Voi Post office.”
Mr. Danh wrote as follows:
“At the scene of the Cau Voi post office kitchen, where the two bodies of the victim were located, there was a plate, a bowl, 2 cups and a glass (like iced coffee or milk) used for the dinner.
I noticed, there are 3 pairs of chopsticks, but 2 used pairs lied on the table, and one fell on the cutting board. Thus, it is possible that 3 pairs of chopsticks were used.
This bowl, was the bowl to eat noodles, and had been empty with a little water.
The contents of the stove were scattered in pieces, and the belt of the bucket kiln resting on the brass of the cupboard showed the possibility of smashing the table and knocking it out.
Records show, when Mrs. Thu Hieu went home, the kitchen was cleaned and not yet cooked (at 17.00). So how does this dinner? Why did 3 couples eat and why is there only one glass of water here? A glass of water for guests was a low glass still located at the salon table, and this glass had a spoon inside so it must be a mixed drink (orange juice, coffee, milk) … There is a bag of fresh milk lying near the cutting board, is it this glass of milk?
So 2 people eat noodle from 2 cups, who did eat the remaining bowl of noodles – because 3 pairs of chopsticks were used? Who drink this cup? The scene shows that the meal had been finished and had been cleaned.
The food during the examination was fine, showing that the time of death had to be quite far after eating. So when did the victims eat and when did they die? Was it possible the perpetrator ate with one or both victims?
So? The time when “Hai gave money to Van for purchasing fruits” was enough to cook or eat?
If it’s Hai, is he close enough to eat and drink with 2 victims?
The knots, are gradually opening.
It should be remembered that Nguyen Mi Sol was the one still living as husband and wife with Hong, then Nghi and another young man named Trung Engineer, in addition, there were 3 young silversmiths and Hai would be the last suspect. The most significant conflict of interest was Mi Sol-Nghi-Engineer Trung, while Hong was wearing pajamas then …
Journalist Truong Chau Huu Danh made some comments on the tendency of people making fake news whom he called “cruel” as follows:
“In cases where the evidence is inconsistent, loose, civilized, rational people will speculate in the direction of acquital while the cruel will think in the direction of accusation.
In the Cau Voi Post Office case, to reinforce (or sentence views, like, share) for their cruel accusation, the cruelty ignores the information inherent in the conclusions of the investigation and indictment, and the judgments in the press, drawing to be thrilling, interesting, as if they have verified and fully verified … to deceive the crowd who have no time and conditions to verify the information.
In the Cau Voi Post Office case, the wicked man focused on two content of the conviction:
1. Defendant Ho Duy Hai confessed and had no complaints, and asked for sentence reduction
2. Ho Duy Hai talked about the properties of the victims, where he did sell them…
All of these are fake!
■ About the convicted’s complaints: the media made it clear: Hai said he did not kill and claimed injustice from the first instance trial to the appeal.
■ Whether Hai had robbed or not, what was robbed ?, please do not conclude, but also give the following information:
1. Evidence collected at the scene only saw the slippers, gold ring of the victim …
2. Material evidences collected at Ho Duy Hai’s house were the jewelry of his sister (returned to Ms. Loan, the mother of the convicted).
■ Hai was convicted of robbing the property of two victims and selling it, who confirmed? Please do not conclude, but also ask for the following information:
1. There has not been any information about the owner of the gold shop confirming the purchase and consumption of the property stolen by Ho Duy Hai.
2. There has not been any information about the gold shop owner confirming that the customer was Ho Duy Hai (including photo and identification).
3. The most bustling gold shop of An Dong market in Saigon. Can you remember the guest after nearly 70 days? In addition, the gold shop is also near the area of grandmother and biological father Ho Duy Hai – where Hai has registered his citizenship – ie Hai knows this area well.
The latest news is that person who signed the written file No. 262 is dead.
It can be seen in the written file No. 262, the real time for the double murder must be after 21.00. Based on the details of 3 people having dinner and food in their stomachs had been well digested, the crime time should be after 21.30.
Journalist Truong Chau Huu Danh revealed the following:
“In the case of Ho Duy Hai petitioning, the file describes the incident as follows:
At 20:30, Hai gave money to Van to buy fruits. When Van went across the street to buy fruit at Mr. Nguyen Thanh Long’s house, Hai tried to rape Hong. Because Hong rejected, Hai killed Hong, then Van ...”
However, Mr. Long presented, when Van went to buy fruit, he was walking past the gas station to work (50m away). Long An provincial police checked the camera and found that he entered the camera frame at 21.01.
That is, Van finished buying fruit at around 21.05.
He and his wife, the last two people saw victim Van.
If 17 judges of the Supreme People’s Court respected Mr. Nguyen Thanh Long’s testimony, the case might be different!
Hai’s life should not be taken in such inclear situation, said lawyer Tran Van Tao, former deputy director of Ho Chi Minh Police Department and head of its Investigation agency.
Six years ago, lawyer Tran Van Tao, once called then President Truong Tan Sang to ask for suspension of executing Ho Duy Hai.
“… I don’t know if Ho Duy Hai was unjust or not, but there was no solid evidence to prove his guilty. With false proceedings and execution of a person, if is wrong, we can not fix it! In my opinion, in order to convict him convincingly, it is mandatory to carry out re-investigation from the beginning. Authorities must immediately fix each error in the proceedings.
In particular, the evidence must be true, objective, and directly cause the offense, then it will be called direct evidence and real valuable evidence in a criminal case. Indirect evidence is also needed to collect, but it is said that “indirect” is of little value, it does not fully reflect the nature of behavior. The direct evidence is the full reflection of the nature of the behavior.
The investigating agency initially dropped all the evidence directly but still came to a conclusion and pointed out the nature of the case as if it was unthinkable!
And it was strange. The mistake of the investigating authority has been “tolerated” by the Supreme Court!
I am worried that the trial will be closed but the case is not over. Aftershocks of the trial will be very wide, very long. Many people, including me, are not convinced. This is not a story of a trial but a story of justice.
What people expected the 17 members of the council to discuss in the cassation hearing? Just hearing the Chief Justice asked, the Procuracy answered and the judges raised their hands to rule. An expected trial, yet, we open up a loose, unconvincing judiciary, even to distrust the people …”
“Ho Duy Hai’s life should not be ended in such a state of uncertainty,” lawyer Tran Van Tao reached a conclusion.