17 jailed for looting Taiwanese steel plant in May

By Nguyen Dung, Thanh Nien News

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The defendants at trial in Ha Tinh on Tuesday. Photo: Nguyen Dung The defendants at trial in Ha Tinh on Tuesday. Photo: Nguyen Dung

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The Ha Tinh People’s Court sent 17 defendants to jail on Tuesday for looting the Vung Ang Economic Zone during an anti-China riot in May.
The defendants, aged between 17 and 37 received jail terms of between 6 and 30 months for causing a public nuisance, robbery and destroying private property.
According to the indictment, many people gathered at the economic zone on May 14 to demand China withdraw a giant oil rig from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone.
The defendants were found guilty of capitalizing on the confusion caused by the demonstration to break into a steel mill being built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group and commit acts of vandalism and theft.
The men were found guilty of looting electrical cables, welding machines, televisions, air conditioners and other company property and fencing it for a total of VND130 million (US$6,130).
Following the riot, police identified around 80 suspects involved in the crime.
The suspects have been tried in separate groups for their role in the riot.
Last month, three workers from CISDI Industrial Furnace Co., Ltd. were sentenced to between 12 and 18 months for looting the future site of the Taiwanese steel plant during the riot.

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