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Wrongly-convicted receive apologies

Update: December, 22/2015 - 08:05
The People's Court in the southern province of Binh Phuoc, together with the provincial police and People's Procuracy, yesterday publicly apologised to four young men in Bu Dop District's Tan Thanh Commune for wrongful convictions handed down to them four years ago. — VNA/VNS Photo Dau Tat Thanh

BINH PHUOC (VNS) — The People's Court in the southern province of Binh Phuoc, together with the provincial police and People's Procuracy, yesterday publicly apologised to four young men in Bu Dop District's Tan Thanh Commune for wrongful convictions handed down to them four years ago.

The apologies, witnessed by authorities and local residents, were issued to Thai Hoang Trong, Pham Van Quang, Nguyen Huu Nghia and Vu Ngoc Van, all born between 1987 and 1990. Vu Ngoc Van's parents were present on his behalf due to sickness, while Pham Van Quang's mother attended the event to represent her dead son.

The four were arrested in 2005 and 2006 on charges of rape. They were then sentenced to 8-12 years in jail following a trial in 2011, during which they maintained their innocence.

An appeal in 2013 rejected all previous charges due to a flawed investigation.

Vice Chief Judge of the provincial People's Court, Le Viet Phong, said the four men would receive from VND187 million-309 million (US$8,400-14,000) in compensation. — VNS

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