A court in the southern province of Binh Duong on October 28 handed down jail terms to seven people who were convicted of attacking in June a member of a local, voluntary anti-crime task force.
According to the indictment, on June 27, Vu Duc Tuan, together with Nguyen Van Nam, 28, and Pham Van Hoanh, 32, on two motorbikes attacked Nguyen Tang Tien, 34, at Tien's workplace, slashing him with injuries.
Tien, a member of An Binh Ward's Anti-crime Group in Di An Town, arrested Le Thi Lien, a member of Nam's gang, three days before and handed her over to local police when she allegedly was on her way to sell a stolen motorbike.
This prompted Nam to order Tuan to attack Tien, police investigations concluded. Police said four other members of Nam's gang also were involved in the case, but they were ordered to stay at a nearby hotel as a backup for Tuan.
At the opening trial organized by Di An Town's People's Court, Tuan and Nam received the jail term of five and half years each for "deliberately injuring others."
Five others received sentences of between two and half years, and five years for the same charge.
The case has attracted media and public attention, raising concerns over rising crime and protecting people who act in public interest.