Ex-cops get jail terms for beating suspect to death

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Six Vietnamese, including three former police officers, were  sentenced to a total of 44 years in jail Tuesday for beating a suspect to death.


According to the indictment heard at the Hanoi People's Court, six people including local police officers Vu Dinh Nghia, Le Van Hoan and Nguyen Viet Cuong had beaten a robbery suspect on the street and at a police station in June last year.


Nghia received eight years, Hoan and Cuong seven years each, and three other men between seven years and seven and a half.


The suspect, who was caught after he visited a house and had a fight there, did not respond to interrogation and resisted a body search, according to official reports.


He was thus beaten more heavily with handcuffs and electronic clubs.


Despite heavy injuries, the man was not sent to a hospital and the police officers did not report the case. They left him by the side of a national highway, where he died later.


Forensic tests showed that the suspect was killed by shocks and urgent respiratory decline due to heavy chest injuries.


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