Vietnam container thieves to stand trial

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Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security on Friday suggested the country's top prosecutors press thievery charges against a group of 13 people accused of stealing cargo from container trucks.

The gang, led by 40-year-old Hoang Van Binh from Dong Nai Province, which neighbors Ho Chi Minh City, stole cargo worth more than VND4 billion (current US$192,000) in 2010, according to police.

In one case in September 2010, the gang stole more than 2,000 pairs of shoes, worth VND600 million at the time, from a truck traveling to a port in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

They only targeted cargo driven by their associate Nguyen Huu Thanh, 28, a container truck driver in HCMC.

The gang was busted in March 2011 following reports by the affected companies.

According to Vietnam's Penal Code, each member of the group could face jail punishments of between 12 years to life, as they had stolen more than VND500 million.

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