Prison officers jailed for killing inmate in central Vietnam

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A court in the southern province of Khanh Hoa on Friday sentenced two former prison officers to jail for killing an inmate in April this year.

Vo Thanh Phuong, a 27-year-old former officer at A2 Prison in Dien Khanh District, was sentenced to five years in prison. Nguyen Dang Khoa, a 29-year-old physician at the jail, got four years.

They were both convicted of "deliberately causing injuries," leading to the death of Duong Chi Dung, 35, on August 28, according to the Dien Khanh District People's Court decision.

According to the indictment, Dung, who had AIDS, refused to work outside with other prisoners on that day, claiming that he was sick. But a medical examination later found that he was fine to work. 

Dung verbally abused Phuong and Khoa, so they beat him with their clubs.

The prisoner died a couple of hours later, prosecutors said.

Following Dung's death, hundreds of inmates at the jail went on strike in protest, according to prosecutors.

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The situation was not under control until May 1 when the Ministry of Public Security's general department of execution and justice, which runs the jail, assigned forces to calm the prisoners down, according to a report on Dan Tri.

Khoa and Phuong were then taken into custody.

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