Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung on Friday requested that the official of the city's Department of Foreign Affairs who assaulted a 76-year-old man last week receive strict sanctions, such as dismissal, for his unacceptable act.
On November 11, Dr. Nguyen Khanh, a former lecturer at the Hanoi University of Technology, was walking on a street when he was crashed into by a woman on motorbike.
When both of them still did not know what had happened, a man from a car traveling behind just stopped his vehicle and rushed to beat Khanh aggressively in the face.
The 76-year-old man was later hospitalized and eventually had to receive seven stitches for the 7cm cut on his mouth.
On Thursday, his family members told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that Dr. Khanh was still unable to eat normally and remained in shock after the assault.
The man who attacked the doctor has been identified as Nguyen Duc Hoang, 39, an official of the Hanoi foreign department.
Hoang is the deputy director in charge of the department’s Center for Foreign Affairs Services. The incident happened when he was on a leave, according to another deputy director of the center.
The foreign department has held a meeting to handle the case, during which Hoang admitted his act. He also confessed to police earlier that the woman that had crashed into Khanh is his wife, so he just jumped out to ‘protect’ her.
The assault of Hoang toward Dr. Khanh has caused a widespread wave of outrage when it was shared on Facebook.
On Friday, Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung chaired a meeting with various departments and agencies in the capital, requesting that Hoang be strictly sanctioned for his unacceptable act.
“Beating a 76-year-old man is an unacceptable behavior for a public servant,” Chung underlined.
Chung then requested that the foreign department work with the municipal police to handle the case in a way that the wrongdoer is dealt strictly with.
“The penalty of dismissing [Hoang] should be considered,” he pressed.
“The final decision to penalize the official for his misbehavior must also be made known to the public.”