Saturday, 14 July 2018

Hanoi Man Sets Himself Ablaze To Protest Jail Sentence

A Vietnamese man died after lighting up in Hanoi to protest a prison sentence, authorities said today.

Tran Dinh Trinh, chairman of the People's Committee of Hop Dong Commune, where the deceased was living, told dpa that 68-year-old Bui Huu Tuan died on Thursday.

"His remains will be buried in his family's grave," he said.

Tuan, 68, former village chief of Dao Ngan in Chuong My district of Hanoi, was recently sentenced to five years in prison for abuse of power.
On the morning of July 4, he left the Central Citizen's reception committee in Hanoi, poured gasoline on his body and set himself on fire to protest the sentence. He had gone with Luong Cong Tinh, also from Dao Ngan, to appeal while on bail.

He suffered burns on 77 percent of his body, including deep burns in his muscles and the skeleton that led to his death.

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