3 get suspended sentences for assaulting cop

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An appeals court in the northern Vietnam changed a jail sentence into a suspended sentence for one man but increased the terms of suspended sentences for two others for "deliberately injuring" and "illegally holding" a police officer.

The Thanh Hoa People's Court on Jan. 11 confirmed a sentence of three years for Nguyen Van Son, 27, though it changed it to probation instead of jail time.

Cao Van Trong, 28, Lu Mong Doan, 26, had their suspended sentences extended by three months to 30 and 27 months respectively, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

The court also ordered the trio to pay more than VND23.1 million (US$1,109) as compensation to First Lieutenant Nguyen Van Hien, according to news website VOV.

Hien had appealed a verdict by a district-level court last November saying the sentences were too light.

Hien was attacked by Son, Trong and Doan in Aug. 2011 when he participated in a raid in a gambling den in Thanh Hoa, for which the trio acted as lookouts.

They wrestled him down, tied him, took his gun, and hit him on the head with a brick before fleeing.

They later turned themselves in to the police.

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