Vietnam ex-cop gets suspended sentence for beating up suspects

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A former police officer in the central province of Khanh Hoa Tuesday received a nine-month suspended sentence for torturing two robbery suspects.

According to the indictment filed by the People's Supreme Procuracy, on July 26 last year, Lang Thanh Dung, 27, a former investigator of Nha Trang Town's police division, severely beat up Nguyen Truong Vu, 30, and Truong Tri Binh, 42, when interrogating them.

Vu and Binh, both xe om drivers, were suspected of joining hands with a prostitute to rob a tourist of VND7 million (US$300) on July 21

Prosecutors said Dung, together with Do Ngoc Hien, an intern, beat the men up because they kept denying the allegation.

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A report on Dan Viet, (Vietnamese people), the news website of the Vietnam Farmers' Union, Wednesday said Binh was slapped while Vu was beaten with a club. Vu had to be hospitalized for a week later.

The report said prosecutors did not charge Hien, since his role was minor and he was an intern. Dung and Hien paid VND20 million (US$965) in compensation to Vu, and the latter's family withdrew their complaint, the report said.

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