|Young motorbike racers at the trial on Wednesday. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Ten motorbike racers in Hà Nội have been sentenced to between five and 16 months in prison for causing public disorder during the country’s social distancing period.
According to the Hoàn Kiếm District People’s Court on Wednesday, a group of young people aged 17 to 27 gathered by Hoàn Kiếm Lake between 10pm and 11pm on April 7, while the whole country was following social distancing orders to fight COVID-19.
The defendants held motorbike races around the Hoàn Kiếm Lake area at midnight without wearing helmets.
On April 9, the police caught Phan Cao Cường, Nguyễn Quang Huy, Nguyễn Sơn Thành, Hoàng Nam Khánh, Lê Đình Phái and other teenagers who were racing.
Defendant Phan Cao Cường confessed to the police that the large group gathered late on April 7 and 9 to race their bikes.
They also cheered and recorded videos, causing public disorder in Hoàn Kiếm District.
Phan Cao Cường, 27, and Nguyễn Tiến Anh, 22, who led the group, were sentenced to 16 months each in prison.
Four defendants, Nguyễn Văn Lá, Nguyễn Quang Huy, Nguyễn Sơn Thành and Lê Thị Thanh Huyền, were sentenced to between eight and ten months in jail.
Four others received five-month sentences. — VNS