Vietnam town tardy in paying compensation to electrocuted victim's family

By Thanh Dung, Thanh Nien News

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Ngo Trong Thien points at the light pole where he witnessed Danh Chiec's death in 2012. Photo credit: Lao Dong Ngo Trong Thien points at the light pole where he witnessed Danh Chiec's death in 2012. Photo credit: Lao Dong

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The family of a man in An Giang Province who was fatally electrocuted by a light pole has complained that local authorities did not pay the compensation decreed by a court.
Phan Yen Ngoc, the wife of the victim, Danh Chiec, has petitioned the Cho Moi District Civil Verdict Enforcement Agency to properly enforce the verdict.
Chiec died after his motorbike crashed into a roadside light pole on July 14, 2012, and investigators found he was killed by an electricity leak.
Ngoc then filed a lawsuit against the Cho Moi town people’s committee, demanding compensation.
Chiec was a daily laborer and Ngoc is unemployed.
The An Giang People’s Court in June ruled that authorities have to pay Ngoc VND1.3 billion, including VND30 million (US$1,345) for funeral costs, VND69 million for her mental anguish and the rest for bringing up her three sons, aged 4-11.
The town did not appeal the verdict but has not paid the compensation so far.

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