Ex-cops get jail terms for stealing, selling weapons

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A court in Hanoi Friday handed down jail terms totaling 17 years to two former police officers who were convicted of stealing and selling weapons that belong to their agency.

Another 15 people involved in the case, meanwhile, received between 13-month suspended sentence and seven-year imprisonment.

According to the indictment, in 2009, Le Manh Thang, 25, a former officer of Phu Thuong Commune's police in Tay Ho District, was found to have stolen 11 short guns, 78 bullets and five tear gas sprays together with his accomplices.

Thang then called Do Huu Tam, also 25 and a former officer of the Giap Bat Commune police division in Hoang Mai District, asking Tam to hide the weapons.

The duo sold the ten guns for VND88 million (US$4,513).

Tam kept the other but lost it later, according to the indictment.

Thang got a nine-year sentence while Tam got eight years, both on charges of illegally trading and storing military weapons.

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