|Ngo Van Khoi, 53, was sentenced to seven months in prison, while 43-year-old Nguyen Van Hai was given six months. The jail terms began from June 27, 2013.— VNA/VNS Photo
NGHE AN (VNS) — The People's Court of central Nghe An Province yesterday jailed two men from Nghi Phuong commune, Nghi Loc district, for "causing public disorder."
Ngo Van Khoi, 53, was sentenced to seven months in prison, while 43-year-old Nguyen Van Hai was given six months. The jail terms began from June 27, 2013.
According to the Nghe An provincial People's Procuracy, from May 22-23, Khoi and Hai incited others to detain and assault on-duty policemen from Nghi Loc district and Nghe An province, as well as destroy the property of officers and the State.
They also called on others to surround the house of Dau Van Son, the communal official in charge of military affairs in Nghi Phuong, before vandalising the property and threatening his family.
The incident began on May 22 when Priest Dang Huu Nam of Binh Thuan parish, Nghi Thuan Commune, gathered hundreds of Catholics at Trai Gao church to pray for eight people about to stand trial at an appeals court in Vinh City, having been charged with conducting subversive activities.
The incident is reported to have begun when parishioners attacked five policemen sent to monitor the situation, allegedly beating them and detaining three for over two hours.
Hundreds of parishioners also vented their anger towards Dau Van Son, destroying much of his property and setting fire to live chickens in response to a heightened police presence.
According to the Nghe An investigation agency, the three policemen who were assaulted on May 23 suffered serious injuries, while Son's family were faced with more than VND94 million (US$4,450) worth of damage to their abode. Son's wife and four-year-old daughter were also reported to have suffered serious psychological trauma following the incident.
The actions of Khoi and Hai caused serious consequences for security, social order and safety in Nghi Phuong commune and across Nghe An Province, the court heard.
At the trial, both confessed to the public disorder charge.
There will be a further trial for the charges of "illegal detainment", "deliberately causing injuries" and "deliberately vandalising property". — VNS