The deputy director of a center under the Hanoi Department of Foreign Affairs has been removed from his position for assaulting a 76-year-old lecturer last month, his employer said on Tuesday.
Nguyen Duc Hoang, vice chief of the Center for Foreign Affairs Services, has been suspended from work twice since mid-November, as police looked into his assault on Dr. Nguyen Khanh, 76 in Hanoi.
Having waited for police to announce the results of their investigation, the Hanoi foreign department has decided to settle the case by removing Hoang from his position as the center’s deputy director, it said in a press release on Tuesday.
It is unclear what new position Hoang will be transferred to. Members of the public have suggested that the penalty be firing him completely.
On November 5, Dr. Khanh, a former lecturer at the Hanoi University of Technology, was walking down the street when he was crashed into by a woman on motorbike.
At the time of incident, Hoang, identified as the woman’s husband, was driving his car just behind his wife.
While both the woman and Dr. Khanh were still lying on the ground, Hoang stopped his vehicle, jumped out and rushed to beat the old man in the face.
The 76-year-old lecturer was hospitalized and eventually had to receive seven stitches for the 7cm cut on his mouth.
In a meeting with the foreign department a few days after the incident, Hoang, 36, admitted his guilt, telling police that he only wanted to ‘protect’ his wife.
The assault on Dr. Khanh by Hoang caused an outrage when it was shared on Facebook last month.
Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung has requested that Hoang be strictly sanctioned for his violent act.
“Beating a 76-year-old man is unacceptable behavior for a public servant,” Chung underlined at a meeting on November 10.