Vietnamese cops apologize for wrongful arrest 24 years back

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Two men from the southern province of Hau Giang received a public apology from the police for their wrongful arrest 24 years ago, on Wednesday.
Officers from the Phung Hiep District Police came to the neighborhoods of Pham Nhut Hung and Le Quoc Si and offered them each a public apology, news website VnExpress reported.
Hung, then-deputy director of a local state irrigation and construction firm, ordered his pumping team leader Si to carry out irrigation work in nearby An Giang Province but failed to collect enough payments (VND27 million or nearly US$2,500 then).

Le Quoc Si (L) and Pham Nhat Hung, had their names cleared in 2013 after being wrongfully-arrested for embezzlement in 1990. Photo credit: Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh
 
Both were arrested in 1990 and charged with the illegal use of public assets. Hung was accused of embezzlement and Si was charged with acting as his accomplice.
They were released after around three months but the case wasn't dropped until late 2013, when the police paid them nearly VND900 million (US$42,300) in compensation.
Hau Giang Police announced their innocence after Si and Hung made relentless efforts to file complaints to different agencies over the past 20 years.
The police had also posted their apology in local newspapers.

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