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Compensation too low for wrongful conviction

Update: May, 22/2015 - 09:17
Dinh Quang Dien, director of the Quang Dien Company. — Photo dbv

DAK LAK (VNS) — The People's Court of Buon Ma Thuot City yesterday passed a verdict requesting the city's People's Procuracy to pay more than VND2.8 billion (US$130,000) as compensation to a man who had been wrongly imprisoned.

The two-day trial in the in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Lak followed the case in which local Dinh Quang Dien, director of the Quang Dien Company, sued the city's People's Procuracy for the 243 days he said he was falsely imprisoned.

The online news vietnamnet reported earlier that Dien was demanding about $800,000.

The People's Court said the compensation included mental hardship, fines for slow tax payment, losses of income, land rent, downgraded manufacturing workshop and bank interest.

Speaking to reporters after the trial, Dien said he refuted the verdict and would take the case to a higher court as the damages caused by the wrongful imprisonment cost him and his family a lot, both financially and mentally.

According to the verdict, on June 21, 2011, investigators in Buon Ma Thuot City started investigating and detained Dien following an anonymous denunciation accusing him of having committed fraud.

The city's People's Procuracy issued a detainment decision the next day.

The case was transferred to the Dak Lak Province's investigators who concluded that Dien's activities were not criminal and terminated the case.

By the time Dien was out on bail in February 2012, he had been in custody for nearly one year.

The Buon Ma Thuot City's People's Procuracy organised a public apology for Dien and compensated him VND267 million ($12,700). However, Dien did not agree with the compensation and decided to sue the city's People's Procuracy. — VNS

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