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Ex-jail officers to be prosecuted after prisoners escape

Update: October, 20/2017 - 18:00
The view of T16 detention centre in Hà Nội’s Thanh Oai District. Three former jail officers of the T16 detention centre will be prosecuted for their irresponsible actions that resulted in the escape of two death row prisoners from prison last month. — Photo nld.com.vn
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HÀ NỘI — The Supreme People’s Procuracy on Friday decided to take legal proceedings against three former jail officers of the T16 detention centre in Hà Nội’s Thanh Oai District.

The former officers will be prosecuted for their irresponsible actions that resulted in the escape of two death row prisoners from prison last month.

The ex-officers have been identified as Nguyễn Đức Kiên, Nguyễn Văn Thắng and Nguyễn Thái Hoàng. They will be prosecuted under Article 301 of the Penal Code, the Người Lao Động (Labourer) newspaper reported.

Following the incident, the ministry also suspended another 13 jail officers of the detention centre for negligence that led to the escape of the prisoners.

The prisoners, Lê Văn Thọ and Nguyễn Văn Tình, were being held in the same cell at the T16 detention centre and were awaiting execution.

Both were sentenced to death for involvement in narcotics and other crimes.

They were re-arrested by the police five days after their escape.

According to the initial investigation, the two prisoners broke their shackles while correctional officers weren’t looking and tunneled their way out of the cell at midnight on September 10. — VNS

 

 

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