Men sentenced for abusing cop in central Vietnam

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A court in the central province of Thua Thien Hue gave one man a jail term Thursday while two more got suspended sentences for slandering a police officer and holding him captive after they were caught breaking the law.

A report on Dan Tri Friday said Tran Khanh Hoai, 33, was sentenced to nine months in prison, while Nguyen Thanh Long, 35, and Phan Huy Phuc, 32, received suspended sentences of one year and half a year respectively for "acting against people on public mission."

On April 18 at 7 p.m. a group of police officers saw a bus driven by Phuc entering a restricted street. Long, the bus's owner, and Hoai, the driver's assistance, were also in the bus at that time.

When Phuc pulled the bus over as ordered, Captain Ngo Viet Anh got into the vehicle and asked everyone to vacate the bus.

However, the passengers screamed that Anh was a robber, closed the door and continued driving, prosecutors said.

After more than six kilometers, the bus was stopped by another group of officers but the trio continued driving with Anh inside, the news website quoted the indictment as saying.

Police did not successfully stop the bus and take the trio into custody until two hours later.

Dan Tri said Hoai once served time for using and storing drugs.

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