Vietnam asks to investigate tea firm director’s sudden death

Ms Ha Thuy Linh (photo), Vietnamese tea firm director who was found dead in China, regained consciousness for a while in hospital to explain what happened before dying, lawyer Truong Quang Quy, the company’s legal advisor, said.

Ms. Linh told doctors that she was poisoned, then beaten and robben at a coffee, according to the lawyer.

Ha Thuy Linh, director of Ha Linh Oolong Tea Co. based in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong and Vice chairwoman of the provincial Association of Young Entrepreneurs , has been reported dead on September 22 while she was in China's Guangdong Province  for a business trip to handle issues with partners  19 since September.

Ha Linh Company was established in 2008. The firm has 200 hectares of tea plantations in Xuan Truong Commune in Da Lat and is able to produce 14 tons of finished and raw tea products per day, of which 60 percent are exported to Taiwan (China) and China. The business is known as one of the largest Oolong tea exporter in Lam Dong.

Vietnam's foreign ministry and Lam Dong People’s Committee have asked the Vietnamese General Consulate in China's Guangdong Province to work with Chinese authorities to investigate Linh's death.

By Doan Kien – Translated by Kim Khanh

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