Inmate who held prison guard hostage commits suicide

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A prison inmate in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong who held a pregnant guard hostage last month to demand his release has killed himself, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

Police in Bao Lam District did not however reveal how Nguyen Gia Trung, 29, died in Dai Binh Prison Wednesday though an autopsy was done.

He was set to face charges of "illegally capturing people," "intentionally damaging property," and "intentionally injuring people" after he held an officer named only as H. at knifepoint on August 17 and asked to be taken home in a car to visit his family.

Despite four hours of negotiations, prison officials were unable to persuade him to release H. who was seven months pregnant.

They had to break down the door of the room where he held her and use tear gas to nab him.

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They said he had kicked H. in the stomach and caused injuries.

He had been sentenced to seven years for robbery, and had served out four and a half years.

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