Strong criticism among the public has been increasingly widespread in Tuy Hoa city of the southern province of Phu Yen when an 11-year-old schoolboy in class 6A named Nguyen Minh Canh at the Binh Ngoc Secondary School was severely beaten by local police after being suspected of stealing a mobile phone on October 9.
According to the schoolboy’s teacher Dao Tram Minh Hoa, while Canh was in class on October 9, a man calling himself Canh’s father came to the school in order to take the boy to the local people’s committee because he was suspected of having been involved in stealing a mobile phone.
The mother said her family were not informed of the case. After that, police took the boy home in an attempt to find the mobile phone that he was suspected of stealing from a local woman called Huynh Thi Kim Lai.
On October 10, Canh’s was found black and blue all over his body and head when his family went to visit him at the police station. Some time later, the boy became very sick and was taken to hospital. The boy needed five days of treatment at the hospital.
On October 17, vice chair of the People’s Committee of the Binh Ngoc Commune, Le Khac Sinh confessed: “Canh was arrested and held in custody for many hours and hit on the head by the police using rubber guns on October 9. This is a totally illegal action that severely injured the boy. Some other officials and myself rushed him to the hospital.”
Sinh also said arresting and holding in custody, scrutinising and torturing an 11-year-old boy without escort of his parents or sponsors is completely against the country’s current legal regulations and provisions.