Five Vietnamese Police Officers to Stand Trial in Beating Death of Detainee

Five policemen charged in the beating death last year of a detainee in southern Vietnam’s coastal Ninh Thuan province will go on trial Sept. 13, according to a lawyer assigned by the victim’s family to attend the hearing.

Speaking to RFA’s Vietnamese Service on Tuesday, attorney Vo An Don said the detainee, Vo Tan Minh, was killed on Sept. 8, 2017, after he was transferred from police custody in the province’s Thuan Bac district to a detention center in Phan Rang-Thap Cham city, the provincial capital.

On entering a cell in the new facility, Minh was attacked by five others in the cell, and the detention center’s director ordered guards to investigate the assault, Don said.

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