Ministry denies Hai Phong cops used excessive violence on drunk resident

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The Ministry of Public Security has denied accusations that a drunk man was tortured at a police station in the northern city of Hai Phong last week.

It has concluded that Hoang Van Hau, 31, was not beaten and had his clothes taken off at the Tan Thanh Ward police station as accused by his father, 64-year-old Hoang Van Lo.

According to the ministry, at 10.30 p.m. on July 2 a group of police officers and militiamen of Tan Thanh Ward found Hau, who was drunk, carrying two knives in his hands and cursing and threatening passers-by on the street.

They asked him to stop, but the man tried to attack them, so the police used force to overpower him and take him to the station.

At the station, Hau took off his clothes and continued verbally abusing and threatening the police, so the station's chief ordered him to be kept in custody to prevent him from doing harm to others.

The man was released the next night on his family's pleas.

In response to the ministry's conclusion, Lo, who filed complaints with various agencies and informed the press about his son's case, told Thanh Nien that he will take all legal responsibilities for his complaints, whether they were right or not.

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Lo filed the complaints last week, accusing 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 from 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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