Australian held after Vietnam cab driver's death
Sat, May 01, 2010

HANOI - VIETNAMESE police have detained an Australian tourist after a dispute over a US$10 (S$14) fare led to the death of a taxi driver, an officer said on Saturday.

The incident happened on Wednesday night in Tan Binh District near the airport in southern Ho Chi Minh City, he said.

After a dispute over 200,000 dong there was an altercation, which led to the cabbie's death later in hospital, said the officer from Tan Binh investigative police, who gave his name only as Tien.

He said the Australian was detained the following day and remained in custody on Saturday while investigations continued. Mr Tien could not identify the Australian but the website of Thanh Nien newspaper named him as Rolfe Darrell Alexander, 68.

The Australian embassy in Hanoi referred inquiries to Canberra, where a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said only: 'We are offering consular assistance to an Australian in Ho Chi Minh City and providing assistance to the man's family in Australia.'

Police were awaiting more medical details of how the driver died, Mr Tien said.





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