Vietnam court upholds verdicts against 4 in hospital director attack

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Four defendants, including Nguyen Quang Dat, 53, (first from right) at the hearing on Friday. Photo by Thai Son 

The Supreme People's Court upheld jail terms at an appeal Friday for four men who had been sentenced to 17 to 20 years for the assault of the director of a Hanoi hospital in March over a business-related feud.

The court dismissed the appeals of Nguyen Quang Dat, 53, Ngo Quang Dung, 38, Nguyen Manh Hung, 19 and Do Duc Thu, 38, who had received 20, 19, 19, and 17 years of imprisonment for "attempted murder" from the Hanoi People's Court at a hearing in mid May.

The judge said their offenses were serious and showed good organization and close cooperation between the accomplices.

He also said their actions were savage and showed their contempt for the law.

According to the indictment, the Medical Equipment Trading Company (DY33) where Dat was a director had a contract with Thanh Nhan Hospital to supply funeral services and medical equipment, for which it paid a commission of 5-15 percent to the hospital. As part of the contract, Dat supplied five cars and his younger brother-in-law provided the hospital with two cars for  funeral services.

But last year, after Dao Quang Minh, 50, took over as the hospital's director in 2011, the hospital demanded that the commission be increased by half.

It was also delaying payments and renewal of the purchase contract with DY33, prompting Dat to suspect Minh was behind it.

Dat told Dung about his case, and the latter at the end of February hired gangsters Thu, Hung and Nguyen Van Viet, 22, who remains at large, to warn Minh.

They gave the gangsters Minh's photo and details of his activities.

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On March 1, the gangsters followed Minh when he was on a business trip from Hanoi to Thai Nguyen Province, and attacked him when he stopped over in Hanoi's Soc Son District.

Hung accosted Minh and slashed him with a knife several times, including behind the ear and on the back, but failed to kill him.

Dung paid the gangsters VND31 million (US$1,469).

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