Vietnamese cops face charges for beating suspect

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Investigators in Ho Chi Minh City have pressed charges against charge two former police officers for using corporal punishment against a sex crime suspect last September.

The city prosecutors' office will consider ratifying the charges.

Nguyen Hoai Viet and Duong Thoai Kha, former police investigators in Binh Chanh District, were accused of applying physical punishment to Nguyen Huu Phuoc, a local man summoned to the office on September 18 last year on allegations of sexual child abuse.

Investigations found Viet had handcuffed and beat the suspect while Kha also joined, forcing the man to plead guilty.

Phuoc's family was asked to bail him out early the next morning, but he passed out at the front door of the police station, and was rushed to the hospital with bruises, headache and vomiting.

The family filed a police brutality complaint with Thanh Nien newspaper, which represented them to request the investigation.

Viet and Kha have been dismissed from the police force. Under Vietnam's Penal Code, they will be sentenced to jail terms between six months to 12 years in jail if convicted.

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