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Dong Nai rioter sentenced to eight months for theft

Update: June, 18/2014 - 09:11
Ha Van Thanh.

DONG NAI — The People's Court in Nhon Trach district in the southern province of Dong Nai yesterday sentenced Ha Van Thanh, a worker at the Formosa Company in Nhon Trach 3 industrial park, to eight months jail for stealing property.

According to the indictment of the local People's Procuracy, on May 14, the Nghe An-born defendant, 47, took advantage of a protest against China's illegal placement of an oil rig in Viet Nam's waters.

He joined a group of extremists entering Formosa's factory to destroy property and break into the premises.

It was alleged Thanh stole two 32-inch TV screens and a computer screen, together worth VND8 million (US$375). He was later arrested by police.

At the trial, Thanh admitted his guilt.

Last Friday, Phan Van Giau, 21, and Thach Quy, 19, were also sentenced to six months and five months in jail respectively by the district court for stealing property from another company.

In a related move, local authorities have commenced legal proceedings against 253 people involved in 26 criminal cases for causing social disturbances, destroying property, stealing property, openly appropriating property, and resisting against on-duty officials. — VNS

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