Vietnam jails two over anti-China riots

2014-05-26 14:13
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Hanoi - A Vietnamese court has sentenced two men to jail for taking part in deadly rioting sparked by anger over China's placement of an oil rig in contested waters, state media said on Monday.

The men were convicted on Sunday in the southern province of Binh Duong, where much of the destruction and looting was concentrated, in public outdoor trials attended by thousands, the Thanh Nien newspaper said.

Le Van Nghiem, aged 23, was sentenced to three years in prison for "causing public disorder" and property destruction during the 13 May violence.

He had joined hundreds of rioters in pulling down a factory gate and destroying a police car, it said, adding that he confessed to the crimes and expressed remorse.

Chau Vinh Tuong, aged 18, was convicted of stealing a computer during the riots and was sentenced to one year in jail.

They are the first known convictions linked to the riots.

Compensation

The trials were held outdoors on the grounds of two separate government building. Vietnamese authorities occasionally hold trials in public to act as a deterrent, especially in high-profile cases.

China moved the giant oil-drilling rig into disputed waters in the South China Sea early in May.

Dozens of vessels from each side have engaged in a tense and ongoing confrontation.

China - which has evacuated thousands of its nationals from Vietnam over the riots - says four Chinese citizens died in the violence, which targeted foreign-invested factories and other businesses. Vietnam says three Chinese were killed.

China has sharply accused Vietnam's government of a role in the unrest.

Asked about the convictions, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Qin Gang said more needed to be done.

"We have noted the report that two men have been given jail sentences. But we think this is not sufficient," he said Monday.

"We call on Vietnamese authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the case, strictly punish the criminals and compensate Chinese firms for their losses."

Vietnam says hundreds were detained over the riots and have vowed stiff punishment. Many more trials are expected.

The government also said it would assist riot-hit companies - many of whom saw their premises destroyed - with tax breaks, rent waivers and lines of credit.
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