Human smuggler jailed in central Vietnam for mob-style murder

By Pham Duc - Phan Ngoc, Thanh Nien News

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The defendants standing trial for causing the death of Nguyen Quang Hanh on January 21, 2013. Photo: Duc Ngoc The defendants standing trial for causing the death of Nguyen Quang Hanh on January 21, 2013. Photo: Duc Ngoc
The former director of a human resource firm in the north-central province of Nghe An was sentenced to two and a half years in jail for ordering a fatal attack on a customer who demanded the return of a deposit he paid to secure a job in Africa.
The provincial court found Pham Viet Van, former director of the Cosveco Company’s branch in Nghe An, guilty of “causing public nuisance” and “failing to report a crime.”
The crime he failed to report was the murder of Nguyen Quang Hanh.
According to the indictment, Hanh and his father went to the Cosvesco office on January 21, 2013 to demand US$2,500 they gave the company to secure him work in Angola because the company had failed to do so.
Van ordered his subordinates to call a number of gangsters, including Pham Van Nguyen, to force the father and son out of his office. Nguyen stabbed Hanh in his back and the victim died on the way to the hospital, according to the indictment.
Nguyen was sentenced to 15 years in jail for murder.
Nine other defendants were sentenced to between six months probation and three years in jail for "causing a public nuisance" and "failing to report a crime."
The defendants were arrested a day after the crime and ordered to pay Hanh’s family VND135 million (US46,340) in funeral fees.
The court said investigators found evidence showing that Van (the company's director) smuggled people abroad and have begun to investigate him on charges of engaging in illegal migration practices.
The court ordered Nguyen (the man convicted of the fatal stabbing) to support his victim's two children, aged one and three, with a monthly payment of VND600,000 ($28) each until they reach 18 years of age.
Nguyen will also have to pay Hanh’s parents a total of VND600,000 every month until they die.
At the trial, Hanh’s survivors asked the court to charge Van and his subordinates with a more serious crime, arguing that orchestrating a fatal stabbing is far more extreme than "causing a public nuisance."
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