11-year-old boy allegedly beaten by local police

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Police in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue announced Thursday that they would investigate allegations that local police beat an 11-year-old boy.

On Wednesday, Ngo Dinh Phat's aunt took him to a police station in Thuy Xuan Ward after she discovered that he had stolen VND3.1 million (US$150) while visiting her house. 

After being questioned by the police, Phat returned home and developed a fever and convulsions.

Phat, a fifth grader, was later admitted to a hospital in Hue with serious bruises on his legs and buttocks.

A doctor at the Hue Transport Hospital told Tuoi Tre newspaper that the boy had suffered blunt force trauma.

After his father arrived at the police station to protest the alleged beating, police officers gave him VND1.5 million to cover Phat's medical bills and told him to keep silent, Tuoi Tre reported.

On Thursday, Dang Ngoc Son, the Hue's police chief, told Thanh Nien that any officers found guilty of wrongdoing would be strictly punished.

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