Cops probed for allegedly causing suspect's death

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Two senior police officers in central Vietnam are being investigated for allegedly using corporal punishments leading to a robbery suspect's death.

A report on VnExpress Saturday said Major Nguyen Tan Quang, deputy chief of Tuy Hoa Town police division's social crime inspectorate, and Major Nguyen Minh Quyen from the same unit was accused of causing the death of Ngo Thanh Kieu, 30, in May.

According to police's initial report, on May 13, police summoned Kieu for questioning about a gang robbery that happened two days before. By then police had already arrested two suspects.

Later that same day, police found Kieu having "symptoms of fatigue," so they sent him to the provincial police's health clinic.

The man was later transferred to Phu Yen General Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

VnExpress quoted Dr. Tran Minh Tam, vice director of the hospital, as saying that Kieu was already dead before being admitted to the hospital. So, they did not create a medical record for him.

Meanwhile, Ngo Thi Tuyet, Kieu's elder sister, said she witnessed the autopsy on her brother and that there were multiple injuries on his body.

Autopsy results showed that he had bruises from his waist to his feet soles, and blood clots at three places in his brain, according to the report.

The case is being investigated further.

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