​Vietnam farmers get death, long jail terms for murder in deadly land row

A Vietnam court sentenced one farmer to death and given multiple-year jail terms to two others this week for fatally shooting three employees of a company in a land dispute in October 2016. A prolonged conflict between Long Son Co. and a group of farmers who had planted crops on a piece of land already allocated to the company in Dak Nong Province turned violent, and ultimately deadly, on the morning of October 23, 2016. As some of the Long Son Co. employees, ‘armed’ with shields and knives, rushed to the disputed land with a tractor to ‘level’ it, two farmers fought back with sports guns, eventually killing three of the ‘intruders’ on the spot, while injuring 13 others. ‘Unjustified verdicts’ Four farmers and two members of Long Son Co. involved in the deadly land row began standing trial on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Dak Nong People’s Court imposed capital punishment on Dang Van Hien, who is responsible for all the three deaths, while sentencing two other farmers, Ninh Viet Binh and Ha Van Truong, to 20 years and 12 years behind bars, respectively. All of the three were convicted of murder. Another farmer, Doan Van Dien, was given a nine-month jail term on charges of “concealing crimes” for helping Hien dodge police detention after his murder. The court also sentenced Nghien Thien Xuan Suu, deputy director of Long Son Co., to six months of imprisonment, and his assistant, Pham Cong Thien, to four years behind bars for “destroying or…

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