|The Court of Appeals in Ha Noi reduced the sentence of former senior police officer Duong Tu Trong to 16 years yesterday.— Photo tuoitre
HA NOI (VNS) — The Court of Appeals in Ha Noi reduced the sentence of former senior police officer Duong Tu Trong to 16 years yesterday.
In January, a court in Ha Noi sentenced Trong, the former deputy director of the northern port city of Hai Phong's police department, to 18 years in jail for helping his brother flee the country in 2012.
According to the indictment, Trong helped his brother, Duong Chi Dung, 56, former chairman of the state-owned shipping corporation Vinalines, flee to Cambodia.
Trong and five other accomplices appealed the verdict. However, the court upheld the sentences as well as those of the other accomplices. Vu Tien Son, ex-deputy head of the Social Crime Investigation Police Section at the Hai Phong police department, received 13 years in prison; Dong Xuan Phong, a former official at Hai Phong's customs department, received seven years; Tran Van Dung, 45, a resident of Hai Phong's Hong Bang District, received eight years; Nguyen Trong Anh, Son's former subordinate, received six years and Pham Minh Tuan, former director of Bach Dang Enterprise in Hai Phong, received five years.
After receiving a tip that his brother would be prosecuted for his role in a dock purchase scam at Vinalines, Trong helped Dung escape via the Moc Bai Border Gate in southern Tay Ninh Province, prosecutors said at the hearing.
Dung then flew to Singapore to apply for a visa to the US. However, his application was rejected and Dung returned to Cambodia, where he was captured by Cambodian police and extradited home to face court proceedings.
Earlier this month, Dung was sentenced to death for embezzling US$474,000. — VNS