2 beer looters jailed in southern Vietnam

By Le Lam, Thanh Nien News

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Dinh Van Vinh, 47, and Tran Anh Cuong, 30, stand trial for looting beer which fell off a truck in Dong Nai last year on July 8. Photo: Le Lam Dinh Van Vinh, 47, and Tran Anh Cuong, 30, stand trial for looting beer which fell off a truck in Dong Nai last year on July 8. Photo: Le Lam

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A court in Dong Nai Province on Tuesday sentenced two men to prison term of six month each for looting beer which accidentally fell off a truck onto a local street last year.
The People's Court of Dong Nai convicted Dinh Van Vinh, 47, and Tran Anh Cuong, 30, both were auto rickshaw drivers, of "misappropriating property."
Dozens of people took part in the looting of beer on Dec. 4, 2013 in Bien Hoa the capital city of Dong Nai, when a truck took a sharp turn near the Tam Hiep roundabout and 1,350 cases of beer fell off the vehicle.
Police said they identified 14 looters. However, only Vinh and Cuong were prosecuted because the total value of beer they had taken - 11 cases of beer in total - exceeded VND3 million ($140), making it an indictable offence.
The other looters were slapped with administrative fines only.
Police said the stolen beer was worth an estimated VND250 million ($11,764).
The looting sparked public criticism after video clips and photos were posted on the Internet.
 

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