Vietnam appeal court cuts jail term for girl who slapped cop

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An appeal court in Ho Chi Minh City Monday reduced the jail term for a 19-year-old girl who caused a stir last year by slapping a traffic policeman on the street, which was recorded and posted online.

Pham Thi My Linh received a nine month sentence on August 23 last year and the term has been reduced to six months, Vietnam News Agency reported.

The girl, who pleaded guilty to charges of "acting against people on public mission," filed an appeal asking for a suspended sentence.

According to the indictment, on July 2, Linh and her brother were on the back seat of a motorbike driven by their 38-year-old mother, Truong Thi Hanh, on Le Van Khuong Street in District 12.

After spotting Hanh driving the wrong way on the one-way street, Sergeant-Major Nguyen Duc Anh and Vu Quang Long (a cadet) stopped her and asked her to produce her license and registration.

Hanh only produced her motorbike registration, so Anh began writing a report of her violation. While Anh was writing the report, Hanh grabbed the ticket book from his hands and insisted on pulling her bike away.

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Long and Anh told her the bike would be impounded, but Hanh refused to give up her bike. Linh then stepped in, pushing the police officers and slapping Long's face.

Although the officers didn't restrain the girl, Linh kept screaming and shouting before fainting in the street. Anh and Long continued doing their job while waiting for support from local police.

The whole incident was filmed by a passerby, who later uploaded it online. The video caused a stir among netizens and prompted police to launch investigations.

Hanh was also punished for violating traffic laws.

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