Vietnam's prosecutor, policeman charged in wrongful conviction case

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A file photo shows Nguyen Thanh Chan (in white shirt) in the arms of his relatives when he was released in November 2013 A file photo shows Nguyen Thanh Chan (in white shirt) in the arms of his relatives when he was released in November 2013

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The Supreme People's Procuracy of Vietnam announced Monday that it has ratified charges against a police officer and a prosecutor for falsifying documents, leading to a wrongful conviction in a high-profile murder case. 
Dang The Vinh, a senior prosecutor of Bac Giang Provice, and Tran Nhat Luan, deputy police chief of Viet Yen District, will soon stand trial, the top prosecutor's office said, without announcing the exact date. 
The investigation into Pham Tuan Chiem, the Supreme Court judge responsible for the case, has been suspended to due his health problems. He reportedly fainted during an interrogation. 
This has been one of the most notorious miscarriage of justice cases in Vietnam. 
Nguyen Thanh Chan, 55, had to serve 10 years in prison after a court in Bac Giang in March 2004 found him guilty of murdering a local woman. 
Four months later, Chiem's court in Hanoi dismissed his appeal and upheld the initial verdict and the life sentence.
His wife’s investigation forced the real murderer, another local man who was 16 in 2003, to give himself up in October 2013.
Chan was released one month later. The Supreme Court officially cleared his name in January 2014 and later offered VND7.2 billion (US$360,000) to Chan as compensation. 
He had spent 3,699 days in prison and the following 83 days waiting to have his name cleared.
The authorities have publicly apologized to Chan.
In his petition, Chan said three of his children had to quit school. His wife, Nguyen Thi Chien, developed psychological problems during the ten years she spent fighting for justice.
He also sent complaints to different government agencies claiming that police officers threatened to kill him and forced him to plead guilty.

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