Ho Chi Minh City prosecutors have ratified charges of “deliberately injuring others” against an officer for allegedly bringing over thugs who beat a man to death for arguing with the officer over a traffic violation last year.
If found guilty, Pham Sy Hoai Nhu, 35, faces a jail term of five to 15 years.
The four men who allegedly killed Nguyen Van Chin, 44, face the same charges.
On the night of June 25 Nhu and some other officers pulled Chin over on suspicion that he was driving his motorbike under the influence.
They seized his motorbike when he failed the alcohol test.
But Chin refused to sign off on the ticket for his violation and verbally abused the officers.
Nhu then reportedly called in ‘reinforcements’ in the form of Nguyen Minh Chung, who had just finished serving time for robbery, and his men.
When they arrived, Nhu told them to beat Chin up as a warning, prosecutors said.
Chung lured Chin to another place, promising to help him get the bike back.
There the man was beaten until some locals intervened.
He was left sitting on the street. A police officer saw him and told a taxi to take the man home.
On his way, Chin complained of pains and told the taxi driver to take him to a hospital, where he died a day later
An autopsy showed that he had died of a rupture in the small intestine and respiratory failure caused by severe abdominal injuries.
Less than three months later Nhu was dismissed. He was arrested in November, but was later released and ordered not to leave the city pending a trial.
The former officer has denied the allegations, saying he had only asked Chung to take Chin home.
The four others either gave themselves up or were arrested.