Vietnamese ex-cop jailed for attacking fellow traffic cop

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A former police officer in Ho Chi Minh City was sentenced Friday to seven months in jail for attacking a traffic cop who tried to stop him for traffic violations last year.

Tran Duy Phuc, 31, a former lieutenant officer of the HCMC Emergency Police Regiment, pleaded guilty to charges of "acting against people on public mission" at a trial held by the Binh Thanh District People's Court.

The indictment said that on July 28, Phuc was driving a motorbike in plainclothes without a helmet at the intersection of Xo Viet Nghe Tinh and D5 streets in the district when Sergeant-Major Van Thanh Luan spotted him.

Luan ordered him to stop by tapping Phuc's shoulder with his club. Phuc then slapped Luan in the face and picked up a metal rod to attack him. Luan fought back with his club.

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The fight lasted for some 10 minutes before the two left the scene. But, a passerby captured the fight with a mobile phone and posted the video on YouTube, prompting police to launch investigations.

At the Friday hearing, traffic cop Luan received a warning from his agency for not following regulated procedures in dealing with traffic violations.

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