Hospital 'terrorist' jailed for four and half years

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The Ho Chi Minh City People's Court Thursday sentenced a woman to four and half years in jail for terrorizing a local hospital.


According to the indictment heard by the court, between May 21-24 last year, Nguyen Thi Thu Thao, 29, sent many messages to the hot line of the Gia Dinh People's Hospital via three mobile phone numbers.


She asked for VND100 million (US$4,807), threatening that she set the hospital on fire and poison many people if she was not paid. The woman from Tan Binh District also spoke ill of the government, calling for rebellions, the court heard.


Thao told the court that she sent the messages because she was stressed by her personal matters. She said she found the hospital's hotline  when she went there once for a check-up.


She didn't mean to kill anyone, the woman said.


However, the judges' panel said her acts had terrified the hospital's health workers and needed to be strictly punished.

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