Official to be dismissed for attacking man in central Vietnam

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 Huynh Xuan Phuoc in the hospital after being attacked by an official in the central province of Phu Yen on December 16 / PHOTO: DAM HUY

Authorities in the central province of Phu Yen Friday announced that they would dismiss an official for several transgressions, including the brutal beating of a local man.

Nguyen Ngoc Bao, vice director of the Phu Yen Department of Justice, has been suspended and will be fully dismissed after Tet (Vietnam's lunar new year, which will takes place in February next year), said Do Duy Vinh, spokesman of the provincial People's Committee.

In the meantime, local police have started investigating Bao's attack on Huynh Xuan Phuoc. 

According to Phuoc, who is in charge of building countryside streets in Tay Hoa District, he was viciously assaulted by the official and his two sons on Monday while he and others were clearing trees for a street construction project.

He said they were working in front of the house of Bao's sister, and Bao claimed that they were encroaching on his family's house's hedges.

During the assault, Bao cracked Phuoc's head with a stick. Phuoc was then hospitalized.

In October, the committee of the Phu Yen's Party Unit expelled Bao from the Party and asked the local government to sack him, because he and his wife were deeply in debt and creditors were harassing him at home and at his office.

He and his family were also accused of taking bribes to help people get jobs at state agencies.

The Party committee handed over Bao's case to police for investigation.

Nguyen Cong Danh, director of Phu Yen Department of Justice, told Thanh Nien that following the Party committee's proposal, they suspended Bao for 15 days starting on November 29.

The attack took place while they were waiting for further orders from the People's Committee, he said.

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