Police in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue apologized Tuesday to the families of five 13- and 15-year-old boys for caning them while questioning them about a theft, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
The police in Phu Bai Commune, Huong Thuy town, also successfully pleaded with the families not to file complaints against them.
A day earlier the five -- seventh and ninth graders in Thuy Chau Secondary School -- were summoned to the commune police station for questioning.
Major Phan Khac Quy, Lieutenant Tran Dinh Long, Lieutenant Nguyen Cuu Thanh Nhan, and Second Lieutenant Phan Thanh Phu were assigned to interrogate them. But they were without their guardians as required by law.
The officers hit them with rattan canes on their thighs and buttocks, causing them to swell and turn purple.
The boys' families reported to the commune police authorities who reprimanded the four officers.
They also promised to cover the cost of medical treatment.