Vietnam cabbie jailed for robbing foreign tourist

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In this file photo, Nguyen Van Tien (R) was questioned by a police officer after he was arrested last year for robbing a Chinese tourist
A taxi driver in Hanoi was sentenced to three and half years in prison for robbing a Chinese passenger of more than VND23 million (US$1,085) last year.
Nguyen Van Tien, 38, pleaded guilty to the charge of “robbery,” according to the trial held by a Hanoi court on Saturday.
Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper quoted the indictment as saying that Xie Cho Yang, 27, was walking on Hang Bac Street at night on August 8, when Tien approached him, asking him to get on the taxi.
Yang agreed and Tien took him to massage parlor where Tien waited for him outside.
Around 10 minutes later the Chinese man came out, asking the taxi driver to take him to his hotel in Hoan Kiem District.
Before they reached the destination, Tien stopped the car, asking Yang to pay him the fares.
Although the meter showed the fares were VND62,000, Tien charged the tourist $600.
But, the latter refused and gave him a VND200,000 bill instead.
The driver then grabbed Yang’s wallet and took $701, 401 Chinese yuan ($65.45), 420 Hong Kong dollars ($54), and VND400,000 ($18.8).
After returning the wallet to Yang, Tien searched the latter’s trousers pocket, taking an iPhone.
He then opened the car’s doors, ordering his victim to get out.
Prosecutors said on his way home, Tien threw away the phone’s SIM card.
Meanwhile, Yang asked his hotel’s staff to take him to local police to report the case.
Tien was arrested two days later, and returned all money and the cell phone which were estimated to be worth more than VND23 million in total to Yang.

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