Vietnam cabbie gets 5 years for robbing Interpol delegates

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Báo Thanh Niên English - 69 month(s) ago 7 readings

A taxi driver in Hanoi was sentenced to five years in jail Thursday for overcharging Interpol delegates and stealing money and property from them during their visit last October.

Pham Van Sam, 23, was convicted of "thievery" and "keeping others’ property illegally."

He had overcharged Chen FuQiuang Daniel and Tham Su Phen for a 10 kilometer ride from a restaurant to My Dinh National Conference Center on the night of October 28, before stealing US$264 from their wallets and keeping the Iphone 4 they left in the car.


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Chen and Tham were in Vietnam for the 80th General Assembly of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

Sam was arrested in early November while hiding at a relative’s home in Dak Nong Province in the Central Highlands.

The driver was still on probation for a previous crime he had committed in 2008, at which time he received a three-year suspended sentence.

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