The Dak Lak Province Police Department has recommended charges against four prison officers who allegedly beat a prisoner to death last year.
Sub-lieutenant Nguyen Van Tho, Sergeant Major Hoang Dinh Nam, and Privates, First Class, Le Huu Thiet and Tran Van Phuc will be charged with “inflicting corporal punishment” on Truong Thanh Tuan, an inmate of Phu Trung Prison.
On September 23 last year the four officers went to Tuan’s cell to question him about the reported use of a cell phone.
Tuan allegedly denied their charge, refused to follow them to their office, and used offensive language. The enraged officers assaulted him with rubber batons and he died on the spot.