Ex-cops in jail after beating man to death

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Three former police officers and a militiaman received jail terms totaling 16 years for beating a resident to death at a court in the southern province of Soc Trang Monday.

According to the hearing held by the provincial People's Court, on March 30, senior lieutenant Vo Van Ut Deo assigned sargeant major Danh Nhan and sargeant Tran Tuan Khai to pick up 44-year-old Tran Van Du from Nga Nam Town and bring him to the local police station. Du was accused of beating up his mother.

After Du was brought to the station, Nhan, Khai and militiaman Nguyen Quoc Thang beat him up, during which the man fell and hit his head on the floor. Deo then ordered his subordinates to bring him to the border of the town's People's Committee's headquarters and leave him there.

Around midnight that day, a local found Du unconscious, and brought him to a local hospital where he died from a ruptured liver and blood congestion in his abdomen besides serious injuries on the back of his head.

All the four defendants were convicted of "deliberately causing injuries leading to death."

Nhan was sentenced to eight years in prison, while Khai and Deo received the jail terms of two and four years respectively. Thang, meanwhile, got a two-year jail term.

All the four had been dismissed from their posts following an inquiry into Du's death.

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