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Rioters receive jail sentences

Update: September, 27/2018 - 02:00
Defendants at the instance court on Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thanh
Viet Nam News

BÌNH THUẬN — Bắc Bình District People’s Court on Wednesday handed out prison sentences ranging from two to four years to 15 defendants involved in disturbances of social order at Phan Ri Thanh Commune on June 11 at a trial held in the central province of Bình Thuận.

They were convicted of “causing public disorder” in accordance with Clause 2, Article 318 of the 2015 Penal Code.

Phạm Thanh was sentenced to four years and six months in prison. Bùi Thanh Tư, Nguyễn Văn Tiến, Đặng Văn Tuấn, Đặng Ngọc Tấn each got four years in prison. Đỗ Văn Thắng, Nguyễn Ngọc Bình, Nguyễn Văn Tân, Nguyễn Tấn Vũ, Nguyễn Văn Thuận will each serve three years and six months behind bars.

The court also gave jail sentences of three years to Trần Văn Xị, Hồ Thanh Tâm, Nguyễn Văn Hiếu, Nguyễn Văn Hưng and two years to Ngô Đức Thuận.

According to indictment, between 9am and 13:30pm on June 11, many people gathered on the National Highway 1A, locating in Bình Long village, Phan Rí Thành Commune. Police and the local government used loudspeaker to implore participants to disperse to avoid traffic jams and not take actions that threaten social security and order.

However, some people attacked police with sticks, bricks, stones and homemade petrol bombs. They also burned fire trucks and damaged facilities at the headquarters of the Fire Fighting and Prevention Office in the district.

The court found the actions of the defendants were extremely serious, disrupting traffic on National Highway 1A for many hours and affecting the locality’s political security, social order and safety.

To prevent similar crimes, strict punishment should be imposed, they said.

However, the jury said, during the investigation, the defendants had told the truth and admitted their acts were illegal. Thus, they were enjoyed extenuating circumstances. — VNS

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