Vietnamese cop faces charge for releasing inmates

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Investigators in Vietnam have recommended charges against a police officer for helping two prisoners escape in March this year.

Vo Duc Thinh, then a sergeant, had helped two people, one sentenced to 14 and a half years in jail and the other three years, release from a prison in the central province of Quang Ngai.

One of them was caught back immediately and the other two months later when he was trying to rob a local. Then the two named Thinh.

Bui Van Thao, one with 14.5-year sentence, had asked Thinh for help and the 22-year-old secretly had another key made for their cell, and slipped it into the cell during a patrol.

Four other officials at the prison were rebuked for letting the two escape.

Thinh is facing charge of "releasing prisoners" which carries a jail term between two and seven years, but it can be five to 12 years if he is charged under the category of abusing his power to help.

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