Police authorities of Thua Thien-Hue Province in central Vietnam are considering dismissing from service a local officer who badly beating up an 11-year-old boy while interrogating him at a police station.
A report by the police of Hue City, where the incident happened on June 15, confirmed that Sub-lieutenant Tran Nguyen Hong Quang used a baton to beat the boy in the police station of Thuy Xuan Ward.
The report proposed that Quang be dismissed, and Lieutenant-colonel Nguyen Anh, deputy chief of the police station, be removed from his post and transferred to another office.
According to the report, on June 15, Anh ordered Quang to privately interrogate Ngo Dinh Phat, a fifth grader, after Phat's aunt took him to the police station for stealing VND3.1 million (US$150) while visiting her house.
Quang used a baton to beat Phat during the interrogation.
After Phat returned home, he developed fever and convulsions.
Phat was later admitted to a local hospital with serious bruises on his legs and buttocks.