HCMC police eye charges against hospital guard for beating vendor

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Ho Chi Minh City police have asked a man to get his injuries diagnosed to enable them to file charges against some hospital security guards who assaulted him for selling lottery tickets in the hospital.

They also ordered the guards at Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital in District 5 to return the money and the value of 44 lottery tickets they snatched from Nguyen Van Duoc before beating him on June 21.

Duoc, 39, told Tuoi Tre newspaper that he was walking into Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital at around 10 a.m. when several guards stopped him for checking.

"A guard named Bang grabbed my 44 lottery tickets and more than VND1 million, pushed me into a room, and beat me with a club until I passed out," he said.

The hospital hires guards from Nguyen Gia Quyen Company.

Dr Nguyen Huy Dung, the hospital director, said the hospital has demanded a written explanation from the company.

He did order the guards to keep street vendors out to avoid possible thefts, "but beating them is unacceptable," he said.

In Vietnam, alleged victims of violence are usually asked to produce medical certificates spelling out their injuries since the police do not have their own medical personnel to do it.

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