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Extortion suspect to face court hearing

Update: September, 14/2015 - 10:35
Police in the southern province of Binh Duong's Thu Dau Mot City decided to prosecute Nguyen Van Sen for destroying Vinh Hung Dat Company's property and stealing from workers. — Photo nld.com.vn

BINH DUONG (VNS) — Police in the southern province of Binh Duong's Thu Dau Mot City decided to prosecute Nguyen Van Sen for destroying Vinh Hung Dat Company's property and stealing from workers.

Sen, alleged ringleader of a gang that forced workers to hand over part of their paychecks every month, lives in Tan Thuan Commune of Kien Giang Province's Vinh Thuan District.

He was arrested on August 16 in his hometown after evading police for more than a month. But Sen's capture and pending prosecution haven't subdued workers' anxieties, according to interviews. They said they were afraid other members of the gang would continue to threaten them.

Sen used to work at Vinh Hung Dat Limited Company in Kim Huy Industrial Zone, which specialises in packaging and carton production. According to police, on June 11 – payday – he forced five other workers, Le Van Si, Nguyen Van Lac, Duong Che Linh, Nguyen Thanh Sang and Nguyen Van Ty, to give him VND50,000 (US$2.20) each by threatening them with beatings. He also told Le Thach Bao, a team leader, to give him VND100,000 ($4.40).

On June 26 and 27, Sen started to force all the company's workers and team leaders to hand over VND100,000 ($4.40) to VND200,000 ($8.90) out of their paychecks.

A number of workers informed the company's authorities and he was ordered to leave after his contract finished at the end of June.

On July 1, Sen rushed into the company with a machete. He smashed the fingerprint time attendance machine, and beat a security guard and a worker. After that, the authorities reported the incident to local police and on July 3, Thu Dau Mot City's Police Department started collecting evidence and investigating Sen.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the Ministry of Public Security to investigate the case after Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper ran two reports on the threatened workers.

The provincial police held a meeting last week with the workers to inform them that Sen had been captured and ease their worries. A representative from Thu Dau Mot City's Police Department provided workers a phone number they could call if they continued to receive threats.

In response to workers' concerns about people like Sen continuing to threaten them, Tran Van Tru, deputy head of the city's police department, said further investigations were underway.

According to a Vinh Hung Dat representative, the company decided to bring in police officers to train employees in self-defence and martial arts to prepare them for any future danger. — VNS

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