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Court tries farmers who resisted on-duty officers

Court tries farmers who resisted on-duty officers

Wednesday, April 03, 2013, 17:32 GMT+7

The northern Hai Phong city People’s Court yesterday opened the trial of six farmers in Tien Lang District who were charged with attempted murder and resisting law enforcement officers. Of the six defendants, Doan Van Vuon, 50, Doan Van Quy, 47 (Vuon’s brother), Doan Van Sinh, 56, and Doan Van Ve, 39, were indicted on “murder charges” under Article 93 of the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, 43-year-old Nguyen Thi Thuong, Vuon’s wife, and 31-year-old Pham Thi Bau, Quy’s wife, were indicted for “resisting on-duty officers” under Article 257 of the same law. Thuong and Quy have been released on bail.

Judge Pham Duc Tuyen chaired the hearing that was attended by 12 lawyers, of whom 11 defended the defendants and the other defended the seven victims of the violent resistance. According to the indictment, the district People’s Committee in 1993 allocated 21 hectares of alluvial land near the sea dyke in Vinh Quang Commune to Vuon, with a use term of 14 months starting October 4, 1993.     During the land use time, Vuon encroached on 19.3 hectares outside the allocated area, so the local authorities fined him but also issued a decision to allocate that land to Vuon for use in aquaculture until October 4, 1997. On April 7, 2009, the district authorities issued a decision to withdraw the 19.3 hectare land as the use term had been expired, but Vuon did not agree to the withdrawal and filed a suit to the city People’s Court but lost the case. The district authorities later issued a decision of forced land eviction and a plan thereof to take back the land from Vuon. The authorities called on him to abide by the decision but Vuon disobeyed. Vuon then discussed with his relatives about a plan to keep the land from being reclaimed. They later erected fences to block access to the land, bought shotguns and laid homemade landmines on paths leading to the land. On January 5, 2012 when the force that was executing the forced land eviction decision was approaching the land, Vuon and his accomplices activated the landmines and opened fire on them, injuring seven members of the force, according to the indictment. At court yesterday, Vuon agreed to the indictment, admitting that he had discussed with his relatives about how to resist law enforcement officers. As they had only one shotgun, Vuon asked Doan Van Ve, one of his relatives, to buy one more, but Ve failed to obtain it. Therefore, Vuon and Thoai, another of Vuon’s relatives, then bought one for VND8 million ($384), most of which was contributed by Vuon. Doan Van Quy, Vuon’s younger brother, told the court that he had made four bullets with gunpowder to be used with the two shotguns. Quy said he also buried two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders connected to the fuses, but this act was mainly aimed to scare people away. Quy admitted that he shot two bullets from a shotgun at the eviction force and that he was aware that such a firing could cause danger. The first day of hearing ended after the court questioned all the other defendants in the case. The trial continues.

Tuoi Tre


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