4 jailed for attempted murder in Vietnam

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Nguyen Huu Tuan, 33, at his trial in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau for "attempted murder" on January 27 / PHOTO: MINH ANH

A court in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau has jailed four people for attempting to murder a man in 2011, a crime that was organized by a prisoner with assistance from prison officers.

According to the indictment, in October 2010, Doan Anh Tuan, 54 and Le Thi Tuyet Hanh, 53, divorced but continued to live together since they had yet to divide their shared assets.

One day Hanh asked her friend Nguyen Thi Yen, 42, to help her find someone to beat up Tuan as revenge for his violent behavior with her following the divorce.

Yen visited her ex-boyfriend Pham Anh Hoang, 45, who was in Xuan Loc Prison in the southern province of Dong Nai.

She gave him her cell phone to talk to Hanh and then Nguyen Huu Tuan, 33, of Hai Phong to ask him to come to Vung Tau to beat up Hanh’s ex-husband.

Hanh then contacted Tuan and paid him VND20 million (US$948).

In November that year Tuan bought a shotgun and bullets for VND3 million ($142) on the Chinese border and left for Vung Tau along with an accomplice, Chu Van Duong.

The duo stayed in the beach town for six days, but could not carry out an attack on Anh Tuan, and returned to Hai Phong, prosecutors said.

In April 2011 Tuan again went to Vung Tau, this time alone since Duong had died of AIDS.

On the 11th he followed his quarry from the latter’s house.

When Anh Tuan parked in front of a drugstore, he shot at him in his thigh and arm. He missed with a third shot before fleeing.

The victim was rushed to hospital by passers-by.

Tuan informed Hanh and left for Xuan Loc District in Dong Nai the next day.

But on April 26, when he returned to Vung Tau to collect a debt for someone, he was arrested.

The Ba Ria – Vung Tau People’s Court gave him 13 years, Hoang 11 years, Hanh 10 years, and Yen eight years for “attempted murder.”

Involved cops

Prosecutors said when Tuan was in Xuan Loc, he stayed in the house of Hoang Nghia Xuong, who was then an officer at Xuan Loc Prison.

Tuan told Xuong about the shooting and even showed the latter his shotgun.

The officer told him to leave, saying he planned to rent his house out.

But Tuan asked to stay for two days so that he could find another place, and the officer agreed instead of informing the police.

The Ministry of Public Security, which investigated the case, sought to press charges of covering up a crime against Xuong.

But the Supreme People’s Procuracy later called off the investigation, saying he had a clean record, contributed to the police for many years, and committed the crime out of fear of reprisal.

He was however dismissed from the police force.

The ministry’s investigators also uncovered violations by some officers at Xuan Loc Prison when managing Hoang and sought to punish them.

In 2009 Tuan was introduced to Nguyen Quang Hien, a Xuan Loc officer, by an officer in a prison in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

Hien, together with Nguyen Van Kha, another Xuan Loc officer, introduced Tuan to Hoang so that they could form a partnership after the latter's release.

Hoang was serving a 16-and-a-half year term for “deliberately injuring others,” “depriving others of their properties,” “causing public disorder,” “illegally possessing weapons,” and “resisting people on public duty.”

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