Prosecutors apologize to falsely imprisoned man in central Vietnam

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Prosecutors in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak Thursday apologized and promised to compensate a man who has been wrongly imprisoned for nearly one year on the charge of fraud. 

However, Nguyen Hong Nam, chief of the Buon Ma Thuot Town People's Procuracy, did not state how much they will pay Dinh Quang Dien, who has demanded VND18 billion (US$857,000) in compensation.

Dien has also asked local agencies to publish their apologies in a newspaper for three consecutive issues.

According to Dien, the wrongful imprisonment forced his wood manufacturing company to shut down after incurring losses in the tens of thousands of dollars.

He said his family also suffered heavily from his ordeal, both physically and mentally.

On June 21, 2011, investigators in Buon Ma Thuot Town started investigating Dien, who mortgaged his assets for bank loans in 2007, after receiving an anonymous letter accusing him of having committed fraud.

The next day, he was detained for four months under a decision signed by Pham The Ha, deputy chief of the town People's Procuracy.

However, Dien remained in police custody for nearly a year. 

In November 2011, the case was transferred to Dak Lak police, who concluded last October that Dien was innocent and thus suspended the case and terminated his custody.

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