Sentences upheld for Vietnamese cop, militiaman who beat suspect

By Nguyen Long, Thanh Nien News

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Le Trong Huu (R) and Tong Van Chin at the appeal trial. Photo: Nguyen Long Le Trong Huu (R) and Tong Van Chin at the appeal trial. Photo: Nguyen Long

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An appeal court in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on Friday upheld the five-year sentences imposed on a former policeman and a militiaman for beating a suspect in a brawl and rupturing his spleen.
Le Trong Huu, 24, a police officer of Hoa Binh Commune, Xuyen Moc District, and Tong Van Chin, 23, a commune militiaman, will continue to serve their sentences as the court rejected their appeal following the first trial on December 30, 2015.
According to the indictment, Huu and Chin were sent to a local coffee shop to stop a fight at around 7 p.m. on June 23, 2014.
The duo saw two young men and suspected they had been involved in the fight.
They ordered the men to stop. Nguyen Tien Thanh, one of the men, tried to drive his motorbike away.
The duo chased after him and nabbed him. They kicked him in the stomach, seriously injuring him.
Thanh later had to have his spleen and part of his pancreas removed.

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