Vietnamese teen dies after 2 weeks in police custody

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The boy's mother (L) calls his death "abnormal" and demands an investigation. Photo: Mnh Quy/Zing The boy's mother (L) calls his death "abnormal" and demands an investigation. Photo: Mnh Quy/Zing

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Police in Dak Nong Province in the Central Highlands are investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy after he was kept in police custody for two weeks over theft allegations.
Trinh Xuan Quyen died last week at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. The cause of his death has not been announced.
His mother Nguyen Thi Nhi told news website Zing that she noticed many bruises around his hips, on his arms and legs.
“I want the authorities to explain for my son's abnormal death,” Nhi said.
A source from the provincial police said some commune-level officers summoned Quyen on October 30 for interrogation, but then let him return home.
A few days later, Cu Jut District police decided to take him in custody for a theft investigation. 
Nhi said Quyen was healthy when he left home, but when the police asked the family to visit the boy at a local hospital on November 16, he was unconscious.
He died three days later after being transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
The district police have given Quyen's family VND30 million (US$1,300) to prepare for his funeral.
Many instances of suspects dying in police custody have been reported across Vietnam in recent years. 
Three cops in Dak Nong received four and a half years in jail each last December as a court decided that their aggravated battery during interrogation killed a 39-year-old theft suspect.

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