Officers charged in southern Vietnam's prison break

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Prosecutors in the southern province of Binh Phuoc have charged three officers with inadvertently abetting the escape of seven criminals in July .

According to a statement from the provincial People's Procuracy issued Wednesday, Tran Minh Chien, deputy chief supervisor of the prison, wasn't present to take charge of leadership when the criminals escaped from the Binh Phuoc police's detention center on July 12.

Meanwhile, Phi Dinh Chien, who was in charge of the criminals' room, failed to carefully check their belongings, letting them bring in iron rods and stones they used to break the wall.

Phan Huu Trung, chief of the prison's security team, also failed to administer required security checks frequently enough, inspectors said.

The criminals, who were then serving jail terms of between seven months and 30 years for either robbery or trafficking drugs, made the escape led by Tran Tu Phuong.

So far, police have arrested five of them, while two others are still at large.

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