|Hoàng Công Lương, Trần Công Sơn and Bùi Mạnh Quốc (from left to right) at this week’s trials. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Prosecutors on May 23 said they were going for 30-36 month suspended sentence for doctor Hoàng Công Lương, one of the alleged offenders in the sensational trial for a medical disaster that resulted in the deaths of nine patients at the northern Hòa Bình General Hospital a year ago.
Prosecutors’ proposed sentence could be considered a step-down from their previous stand in which Lương could be jailed for eight years for his alleged “negligence” that, according to the prosecutors, partly caused the death of the patients who were receiving kidney dialysis at the hospital.
Lương, however, maintained his stand throughout the trial that he was only in charge of medical care for his patient and had neither knowledge nor control over the maintenance of equipment employed by the hospital.
Both Lương and his lawyers said they are not happy with the prosecutors’ proposal and will continue to fight until Lương is acquitted.
Two other alleged offenders in the case, Bùi Mạnh Quốc, director of the Trâm Anh Water Treatment Co Ltd, were proposed with a 5-6 year sentence and Trần Văn Sơn, an official of the medical material and equipment division at the hospital 4-5 year.
This week’s trial revealed a number of new discoveries that work in favour of the young doctor, most notably his role as head of the hospital’s dialysis unit being added after the incident took place.
A number of key persons that may be involved in the case such as the former director of Hòa Bình General Hospital Trương Quý Dương and head of intensive care unit Đinh Tiến Công were not present at the court for questioning. — VNS