Man allegedly beaten by cops ordered to pay fine

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A man in the northern city of Hai Phong was fined Thursday for causing public disorders after the Ministry of Public Security denied accusations that he was tortured at a local police station.

A report on Vietnamnet Friday said Hoang Van Hau, 31, was ordered to pay VND1.5 million (US$71.35) in fines for cursing and drunkenly threatening passers-by with two knives in the street at the night of July 2.

A group of police officers and militiamen from Tan Thanh Ward used force to overpower him and take him to the police station where he verbally abused police and took off his clothes, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

Hau's father, Hoang Van Lo, who filed complaints with local authorities accusing police of torturing his son, said that he filed the complaints while he had yet to learn about the situation "thoroughly."

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In his complaints, Lo accused four police officers and militiamen of beating up Hau in the street and dragging him to the police station, where the beating continued.

He also accused them of taking off Hau's clothes and refusing the family's request for him to be taken to the hospital.

Tests at the hospital later found that Hau suffered brain trauma, blood clots in his face and other injuries to his hip bones, cheeks and ears, which police said happened when they struggled to overcome him.

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