Officials investigated for beating colleague; also suspected of gambling

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Authorities in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa are investigating a group of ward officials involved in an assault and gambling during a lunch break at the office.

News website VnExpress reported Wednesday (October 10) that the investigation began following a complaint lodged by Tran Thi Thanh Ha, the wife of Le Van Thanh, 48, deputy chief of the Military Command Board in Ham Rong Ward, Thanh Hoa Town.

Ha accused a group of ward officials of viciously attacking Thanh in an assault that put him in the hospital October 4.

Thanh said he and six officials, including a Party chief and his deputy, and a deputy chairman, went to a dog meat eatery near the headquarters of the Ham Rong Ward People's Committee to drink during lunch time.

The group then entered a room on the third floor of the office to play cards for money.

While they were playing, Le Van Quyet, chief of Military Command Board, suspected Thanh of not paying enough money. He started to insult Thanh and rushed to beat him, according to the complaint.

"Other officials did not stop him, they instead rushed to beat me up as well," Thanh said.

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Thanh said he could not defend himself against the beating. He was then hospitalized due to injuries sustained by blows from his attackers.

Duong Dinh Hue, chairman of Ham Rong Ward People's Committee, told VnExpress that Thanh was indeed beaten at the office, saying that police were still investigating those involved in the attack.

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