Vietnam cop jailed for robbing gambling dens

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Defendants in a case of six gambling den robberies escorted to the Ho Chi Minh City People's Court on January 23 / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE

A court in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced a dismissed police officer to eight years in prison on Thursday  for leading nine other people to rob illegal gambling dens last year.

Ngo Thanh Tuan, 28, who was with District 6’s police division before being dismissed over the robberies, was convicted of robbery and illegally keeping and using military weapons, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported.

According to the indictment, Tuan and Cao Tuan Minh, 40, borrowed from Nguyen Viet Anh, a former police officer, a gun that the latter found by accident.

Together with eight others, they pretended to be police officers raiding illegal gambling dens, and conducted six robberies between February 5 and 13.

The ring earned a total of VND21.4 million (US$1,000), prosecutors said.

When they were robbing a den on February 13, Tuan shot and injured a person, which prompted other gamblers to resist and a clash broke out.

Following tip-offs from local residents, police arrived at the scene and arrested Tuan.

His accomplices were arrested in the following days.

Minh received the same jail term for the same charges as Tuan from the HCMC People’s Court.

Eight other members of the ring, including three 17-year-olds and one 18-year-old, were jailed for three to six years for robbery.

Meanwhile, Anh, 30, received a one-year suspended sentence for illegally keeping and using military weapons.

Ly My Linh, 24, Tuan’s girlfriend, was also sentenced to six months in prison for hiding Minh from police.

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