4 jailed for murdering Hanoi hospital director

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The four men jailed for murder in Hanoi Wednesday, including Nguyen Quang Dat,(R), in court  

A Hanoi court Wednesday sentenced four men, including the head of a medical equipment firm, to 17 to 20 years in jail for murdering the director of a local hospital in March over a business-related feud.

Nguyen Quang Dat, 53, director of Medical Equipment Trading Company (DY33) got 20 years for the killing of Dao Quang Minh, 50, head of Thanh Nhan Hospital.

His brother-in-law Ngo Quang Dung, 38, who hired gangsters to commit the murder, got 19 years.

DY33 had a contract with Minh's hospital to supply medical equipment and provide funeral services, for which it paid a commission of 5-15 percent to hospital executives.

But last year, after Minh took over as its director, the hospital demanded that the commission be increased by half.

The hospital was also delaying payments and renewal of the purchase contract with DY33, prompting Dat to suspect Minh was behind it.

In February this year Dung hired gangsters Do Duc Thu, 38, Nguyen Manh Hung, 19, and Nguyen Van Viet, 22, of nearby Phu Tho Province to kill Minh.

He gave them Minh's photo and details of his activities. 

On March 1 Hung accosted Minh and slashed him with a knife several times, including behind the ear and on the back.

Dung paid Hung, Thu and Viet VND31 million (US$1,500).

The Hanoi People's Court gave Hung and Thu 19- and 17-year jail terms.

Viet remains at large.

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