Vietnam man just released from prison arrested for murder

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Police in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa Thursday arrested a man released from jail last month for killing one man and severely injuring another.

Luong Van An, 20, of Thuong Xuan District, allegedly attacked two local men Wednesday night after he and his brother had gone to Cam Ba Bien's house for a drink.

Le Huu Duyen and two other men also participated in the drinking.

An boasted that he had just been released and was not scared of anyone. The others called him a "braggart" and asked him to leave.

He returned and stabbed Bien and Duyen several times with a knife borrowed from an acquaintance as the two men slept on the ground. He then and fled to the forest.

Duyen died on the spot due to a ruptured tendon and artery in his right leg; Bien remains at Thuong Xuan General Hospital, where he is being treated for severe injuries.

After a five-hour search, police caught An the next morning in the mountains.

The investigation is ongoing.

The media on Thursday and Friday had reported that An was one of 15,446 prisoners who were released on August 30 in time for Vietnamese National Day (September 2) under a decision by President Truong Tan Sang.

But in a statement Friday, Ministry of Public Security said that An's name was not on the list of prisoners granted amnesty.

Instead, prison data showed that An, who had been sentenced to one year and three months for robbery, finished his term on August 19.

Senior Lieutenant-General Le Quy Vuong, Deputy Minister of Public Security said during the press conference announcing President Sang's decision on August 29, that statistics compiled by his agency showed that only 0.83 percent of prisoners amnestied between 2009 and 2011 had committed crimes since being released from prison.

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