HA NOI – Six people who were wrongfully arrested in 2008 and served 31 months in jail have been awarded compensation totalling over VND500 million (US$23,800) from the People's Procuracy of Dong Phu District in the southern province of Binh Phuoc.
According to lawyer Duong Vinh Tuyen, his six clients have received compensation of between VND75 million ($3,600) and VND111 million ($2,300) each.
The six men, including brothers Luong Van Sang, Luong Van Trong and Luong Van Han, as well as Truong Quang Lam, Nguyen Nhu Tung and Le Van Huy, were among nine alleged to have participated in a series of robberies in the district in 2008.
The six were arrested based on the statement given to police of Nguyen Van Hung, who was born in 1993 and was therefore 15 years old at the time. The statement incriminated the six men, plus three others, but police were unable to identify victims or gather other evidence of the alleged robberies.
Trong, alleged to have driven a motorbike for another who committed a robbery, was able to give police an alibi for the time of the incident, providing witnesses that he was at the home of his hairdressing instructor and watching a football match on television.
The People's Procuracy finally prosecuted the case in the local People's Court in December 2010. Upon examination of the evidence, the court concluded that the police had gravely violated the criminal procedure code. Due to a lack of evidence, the procuracy withdrew its prosecution.
The three others named in and detained due to Hung's statement continue to negotiate for a higher settlement.
Since the National Assembly Standing Committee promulgated Resolution No 388 in 2003, few have been compensated for wrongful arrest and detention. The resolution aimed to establish procedures and forms for an agency to pay compensation for wrongful actions, including criminal procedures that violated the rights of someone wrongfully suspected. – VNS