(Following is Brigadier General Le Trung Tuong's letter, III Corps Chief of Staff, in which he talks about General Hieu's death.)
Comments: In comparing statements made by General Tuong, Colonel Khuyen, Colonel Luong, Colonel Long, Colonel Trang, General An, General Toan, one can notice they are all different.
1. Before, it was said that General Hieu used to take meals together with Colonel Phan Huy Luong, Assistant to 3 Corps Deputy Commander/Operations; here is the first time it is said that General Hieu always eat together with General Tuong and that General Hieu invited General Tuong, not Colonel Luong to dinner.
2. Colonel Luong recalled that day, three persons, General Hieu, General Tuong and Colonel Luong, sat talking informally in General Tuong's office while waiting for dinner time. General Tuong said otherwise.
3. Reading official documents does not seem to be that important not to accept General Hieu's invitation to go to dinner immediately. Furthermore, why not ask General Hieu to sit down and wait a while, rather than tell him to go back to his office and wait there to be fetched? Wasn' t there a hidden intent?
4. When General Tuong wrote that "Hieu's staff members came over to my office to announce that a gun shot was heard coming out of Hieu's office", he confirmed Lieutenant Colonel Quyen's statement that there was no military guards nearby the offices (Lieutenant Colonel Quyen had stated that on that day General Tuong chased away all military guards units from the 3rd Corps HQ).
5. It is quite strange that when staff members of General Hieu's office heard a gun shot they ran to look for General Tuong instead of entering General Hieu's office to examine the situation. (The office door was not locked: General Hieu's body guard had testified that when office hours were long over and General Hieu's still had not emerged from his office, he went in and found General Hieu dead).
6. The fact that when he was told that there was a gun shot coming out of General Hieu's office, General Tuong immediately gave order to call the Judicial Military Security to come and investigate, instead of forming a group of soldiers to come to the rescue of General Hieu, gives indications that there were arrangements already in place to make things appear like it was a deathly - either intentional or unintentional - self-inflicted gun shot wound.
7. The statements of so called "witnesses" only concur the fact that General Hieu was a champion pistol shooter; besides that, all the other details differ among them (the incident happened before or after dinner; prior to it, what was General Hieu doing or with whom was he talking to; locations of bullet's body entrance). This fact leads us to the conclusion that there was a concerted - but poorly rehearsed - cover-up and that General Hieu did not die at the alleged time (5:00 to 6:00 pm) and location (his office).