Vietnamese truck driver wins court case against police officers

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Luong Hoang My (second from right) waits for a verdict on his case in Kien Giang Province. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Luong Hoang My (second from right) waits for a verdict on his case in Kien Giang Province. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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A court in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on Tuesday ordered a district police office to compensate a truck driver who was wrongfully fined and had his license suspended for 35 days last year. 
Luong Hoang My will be paid VND8.75 million (US$390) for damages caused by the decisions of police officers in U Minh Thuong District, local media reported. 
The court heard that when My was driving his truck with three tons of fish to Ho Chi Minh City on February 17, a group of traffic officers stopped him for a random check. 
After a thorough inspection, they could not detect any violations. They however decided to fine him for "not stopping his vehicle as ordered."
My refused to sign the violation report, saying he was stopped and subjected to a check. 
The officers then seized his truck and suspended his license. He was also ordered to pay a VND1 million fine. 
The driver sent a complaint to the provincial police department, who later sided with the district police office.
He filed a lawsuit against both of the offices and won the case Tuesday. 
"I didn't do anything wrong. I needed to see the case through to reclaim the truth and my honor," he told local media. 
"I am pleased with the court's decision."

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