A police officer in the northern town of Thanh Hoa put his family into hiding and began seeking protection from the media and police after his whistle-blowing activities ushered in a stream of death threats.
Colonel Do Van Cai, former deputy chief police officer in Thanh Hoa, the province's namesake capitol, said a constant stream of threatening text messages have turned his family's life upside down.
In a letter to Thanh Nien, Cai said the 32 messages insulted and threatened to kill his entire family; most used vulgar and violent language.
The authors of the messages claimed to know the home and work address of each member of his family.
Cai said he started receiving the messages in 2012, after he filed a petition accusing several officials of protecting certain criminals in the area from the law.
One of many vulgar and violent messages sent to the cell phone of Thanh Hoa policeman Do Van Cai asking him if his son had been hit dead by a car. Photo: Thanh Tran
He said he has asked for protection from Thanh Hoa police and officers from the Ministry of Public Security.
His wife and children have been moved out of town.
Col. Cai claims he's now personally pushing the investigations after findings released by the Thanh Hoa Provincial Police and the Ministry of Public Security failed to satisfy him.
He has brought the case before investigators from the country’s top prosecution unit, the Supreme People’s Procuracy.
“The investigation is going on,” Cai said.
Cai said his superiors assigned him to the environmental police division last May.
A senior officer at the Thanh Hoa Police said they have offered protection to Cai and his family at his request.