Two lawyers representing the family of a teenager who died in police custody told the media were attacked by a gang in Hanoi Tuesday.
Le Van Luan told Thanh Nien he and his colleague Tran Thu Nam, at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, left the house of Do Thi Mai, the mother of Do Dang Du, 17, who was allegedly beaten to death by a cellmate at a detention center.
They had met the family to discuss the case.
After they got into a car, eight masked men on motorbikes stopped the car and attacked them.
The lawyers tried to flee, but the attackers chased after them and assaulted them.
They suffered facial injuries.
Luan’s cell phone fell on the ground, and one of the attackers took it with him when the group left.
The reason for the attack is not known yet.
Officers from the Ministry of Public Security and Hanoi police said they would investigate the attack.
The Do Dang Du case has recently attracted public attention after his family alleged the boy was tortured in custody.
According to the police, Du was held in Detention Center No. 3 in Hanoi’s Chuong My District pending investigation into a theft on August 13.
In a section for underage suspects, he shared a room with three other boys, all aged 17.
On October 4 Vu Van Binh, one of Du’s cellmates, slapped and kicked him on the head several times, according to the police.
Binh was angry because Du was assigned to wash the dishes after lunch, but the dishes remained dirty, they said.
Five minutes after the assault Du collapsed and was rushed to hospital where he died later.
Binh would be charged with “battery”, investigators said, adding they would also look into the management of detention center.
Du’s family said they saw bruises all over the boy’s body and alleged he was tortured at the center.
They have demanded a thorough investigation into the case.