Cop sacked for abetting jail break in central Vietnam

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A police officer in the central province of Quang Ngai has been dismissed for helping two inmates break out of prison in March this year.

According to provincial police, on March 26, Vo Duc Thinh, a member of the criminal sentence execution team in Tu Nghia District, gave prisoner Bui Van Thao a duplicate key to his cell.

Thao and his cellmate Pham Hoai Bao escaped later that day and fled on a stolen motorbike.

Police said during his imprisonment, Thao got acquainted with Thinh and asked him for help.

It is not known whether Thinh received anything in return for helping the prisoners escape, or if he will face criminal charges for his act.

According to police, Bao, who was serving a three-year term for "not following administrative regulations of government agencies," was arrested five days after the escape, when he was hiding in Quang Ngai Town.

Meanwhile, Thao kept moving, first hiding in the central province of Binh Dinh, the Ho Chi Minh City and later in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.

On May 21, the man, who was serving an eight and a half year sentence for robbery, returned to Quang Ngai and kidnapped his old friend Pham Tan Sinh for ransom.

He took Sinh to the Thien But Mountain and asked his family to pay VND3 million (US$143.75) and a mobile phone in ransom.

The next day Sinh managed to run away and inform the police who nabbed Thao soon later.

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