Vietnam man gets 23 years for attempted murder of police chief

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A man convicted of attempting to murder a police chief in the central province of Khanh Hoa with a bomb was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Monday.

Nguyen Viet Truong, 57, was also convicted of "illegally manufacturing, stockpiling, transporting, using, trading or appropriating explosive materials" at his trial held at the Khanh Hoa Province People's Court.

According to the indictment, Truong attempted to kill Colonel Tran Ngoc Khanh out of rage resulting from how Khanh handled complaints he filed against his business partner.

On July 30 last year, he planted a bomb designed to be detonated remotely via mobile phone near the door to Khanh's house.

Truong detonated the bomb as Khanh was walking his motorbike out of his house. The explosion blew away the door and parts of the wall, while Khanh sustained damage to his eardrums.

When Truong was arrested the next day, police found 475 detonators and 30.4 kilograms of explosives without legal documentation at his residence and place of work.

Prosecutors said Truong was the head of Song Ma Ltd., Co., which was licensed to operate a rock quarry in Cam Lam District.

While in charge of the quarry, Truong became embroiled in a property dispute with his partner, Kiet Viet Company from Ho Chi Minh City.

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He then filed complaints with the provincial police department, accusing the firm of defrauding him and depriving him of his property.

However, police concluded then that there was no sign of criminal activity, calling the situation a civic dispute.

Truong later proposed meeting Khanh at his house to discuss the case, but Khanh refused.

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