Vietnamese man gets 15 lashes for harassing debtors in Singapore

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A Vietnamese man has been sentenced to 22 months in prison and 15 lashes for harassing debtors in Singapore, according to the Singaporean General Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.


Mai Thanh Tai, 22, was convicted of having violated the Moneylenders Act of Singapore at a hearing on June 28, a press release issued Friday by the consulate said.


Singapore Police Force said Tai entered the country on May 26 as a tourist.  He was arrested on June 2 in front of an apartment on Clementi Avenue 1 carrying paints, paint brushes and records of debts.


Investigations later showed that Tai had harassed debtors in different areas at least six times.  He had been hired by a friend in Vietnam and paid 30 SGD (US$21.53) per harassment, according to the press release.

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