18-year-old to stand trial for slapping cop in southern Vietnam

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An 18-year-old girl will stand trial next Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City for "acting against people on public mission" after being filmed slapping a traffic officer in the street last month, VnExpress reported Friday.

The trial will be held in public, and if convicted, Pham Thi My Linh will face a jail term of three years, according to the newswire.

According to the indictment issued by District 12's People's Procuracy, on July 2 two officers of the district's traffic division stopped Linh's mother, Truong Thi Hanh, for driving with her two children, including Linh, the wrong way on a one-way street.

While she stopped her motorbike as asked, Hanh refused to present all necessary documents.

When Sergeant Major Nguyen Duc Anh was filling out a ticket, Hanh tried to make off with her vehicle, prosecutors said.

The officers then held the bike, asking her to follow the rules, but Linh stepped in, pushing them away and slapping the face of the other officer Vu Duc Long.

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Although the officers didn't react, Linh kept screaming and shouting before fainting, according to prosecutors, adding that Anh and Long kept doing their job while waiting for support from local police.

The whole incident was filmed by a passerby and was later  uploaded online, the news source quoted prosecutors as saying.

Hanh has been previously punished for violating traffic laws.

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