Three Vietnamese workers of a Chinese company in Ha Tinh Province's Vung Ang Economic Zone stand trial on September 17 for looting during a riot last May. Photo: Nguyen Dung
A court in the north-central province of Ha Tinh jailed three former employees of a Chinese company for looting during an anti-China riot last May.
Phan Van Lanh, 39, of CISDI Industrial Furnace Co., Ltd. was sentenced to eighteen months while Ho Xuan Nguyen, 54, and Le Dinh Yen, 30, got one year each.
The trio were convicted of stealing machinery from their employer during the confusion caused by a brawl that broke out at another site in the Vung Anh Economic Zone that left two Chinese workers dead and 149 others, both Vietnamese and Chinese, injured, on May 14.
Violence erupted while construction workers at the site of a future steel mill owned by Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Group were peacefully protesting China’s illegal positioning of an oil rig in Vietnamese waters.
During the fight, three temporary dormitories were set on fire and looting took place.
Prosecutors said Lanh, Nguyen and Yen snuck into their company's warehouse and made off with four welding machines at around 6pm on May 14.
As they were transporting the stolen goods to a relative’s house in Cam Xuyen District to hide later that day, local police caught them and confiscated the stolen property.