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Vietnamese artists accused of raping British girl in Spain still under investigation despite repatriation: foreign ministry

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The investigation into a British girl’s accusation that two Vietnamese male artists sexually assaulted her in Spain is still ongoing even though the two men already returned home, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told reporters on Monday.

A local court in Spain returned the passports to the two Vietnamese artists on August 3 after they successfully hired local lawyers to keep contact with the court on their behalf, according to the ministry.

“These two citizens already left Spain,” an official of the ministry said.

“The investigation of the case is still ongoing.”

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Ta Quang Dong confirmed on Monday morning that the two artists arrived in Vietnam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that the Vietnamese Embassy in Spain is continually monitoring the case and is in contact with local authorities and the two Vietnamese nationals.

The embassy also implemented necessary consular measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the Vietnamese citizens.

The two, a musician and an actor, were arrested on June 25 after a 17-year-old British girl reported an alleged rape at a hotel in Sant Elm, Majorca, according to Majorca Daily Bulletin.

She had met the men at a restaurant on June 24. 

They went to the beach, where she said they began to get intimate, and then came to one of the men’s hotel room. 

She told the Spanish national police force Guardia Civil that they forced her to have sex, after which they made her shower in order to eliminate any traces of bodily fluids. 

Having made the report to the Guardia Civil, she and her family left Mallorca.

When they appeared in court, the two Vietnamese refused to testify as per their rights. 

The court released them without bail but it withdrew their passports.

While the men’s identity and occupations were not revealed by the Majorca authorities, local reports said they were “an actor and a musician aged 37 and 42.”

Following the spread of the incident, famed musician Ho Hoai Anh, born in 1979, and popular actor Hong Dang, born in 1984, have made front-page news in Vietnam as a video of the duo enjoying a trip in Majorca uploaded on June 24 cast suspicion on their relation to the rape case.

Both Anh and Dang earned several prestigious awards and were active in their fields before the incident.

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Taxi driver indicted for trafficking largest amount of ketamine ever found in Da Nang

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The People’s Procuracy of Da Nang said on Monday that they issued an indictment against a taxi driver for transporting drugs in the largest seizure ever in the central Vietnamese city.

The indictment of Le Van La, 43, living in neighboring Quang Nam Province, alleges that he made use of his connection with some passengers, who often visit entertainment venues, to take on drug trafficking.

La agreed to transport drugs per the orders of one of those passengers for VND2-3 million (US$83.5-125) each trip.

An unknown man with a dialect from nearby Quang Tri Province asked La to pick up drugs at the intersection of Truong Chinh Street and Le Trong Tan Street in Da Nang via a phone call at 5:12 pm on February 19.

Upon La’s arrival at the rendezvous, he saw a man waiting for him in advance who asked if the cabbie was to deliver a package for someone named Len.

Packs of ketamine transported by Le Van La in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: H.B. / Tien Phong

Packs of ketamine transported by Le Van La in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: H.B. / Tien Phong

As the taxi driver nodded and opened the cab’s door, the man put a bag onto the vehicle’s backseat.

La then drove toward Dien Nam-Dien Ngoc Industrial Park in Quang Nam, but he was pulled over by police at the T-junction between Truong Chinh Street and Le Dai Hanh Street in Da Nang and caught red-handed with nearly three kilograms of ketamine disguised in packs of tea.

This is the largest amount of ketamine ever seized in the city, with an estimated value of nearly VND2 billion ($83,420), according to police officers. 

In Vietnam, people convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or cocaine or over 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine could face the death penalty.

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The People’s Procuracy of Da Nang said on Monday that they issued an indictment against a taxi driver for transporting drugs in the largest seizure ever in the central Vietnamese city.

The indictment of Le Van La, 43, living in neighboring Quang Nam Province, alleges that he made use of his connection with some passengers, who often visit entertainment venues, to take on drug trafficking.

La agreed to transport drugs per the orders of one of those passengers for VND2-3 million (US$83.5-125) each trip.

An unknown man with a dialect from nearby Quang Tri Province asked La to pick up drugs at the intersection of Truong Chinh Street and Le Trong Tan Street in Da Nang via a phone call at 5:12 pm on February 19.

Upon La’s arrival at the rendezvous, he saw a man waiting for him in advance who asked if the cabbie was to deliver a package for someone named Len.

Packs of ketamine transported by Le Van La in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: H.B. / Tien Phong

Packs of ketamine transported by Le Van La in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: H.B. / Tien Phong

As the taxi driver nodded and opened the cab’s door, the man put a bag onto the vehicle’s backseat.

La then drove toward Dien Nam-Dien Ngoc Industrial Park in Quang Nam, but he was pulled over by police at the T-junction between Truong Chinh Street and Le Dai Hanh Street in Da Nang and caught red-handed with nearly three kilograms of ketamine disguised in packs of tea.

This is the largest amount of ketamine ever seized in the city, with an estimated value of nearly VND2 billion ($83,420), according to police officers. 

In Vietnam, people convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or cocaine or over 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine could face the death penalty.

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Police bust two large football betting rings in north-central Vietnam

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Police in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam broke up two football betting rackets whose transactions accumulated VND130 billion (US$5.4 million) and detained 19 suspects on Sunday.

Provincial criminal police officers smashed an online ring run by Nguyen Trong Tung, a 34-year-old man residing in Dong Huong Ward, Thanh Hoa City.

According to preliminary investigation results, Tung and six suspects, including Nguyen Van Dau, 28, and Nguyen Truong Thanh, 39, in Dong Huong Ward; Nguyen Van Cuong, 29, in Ba Dinh Ward; Le Bao Liem and Le Quoc Tung, 34, in Dong Hai Ward; and Le Van Phuc, 29, in Nam Ngan Ward, used the website www.agent.vi2233xx.com and opened many football betting accounts.

The suspects also opened many Master accounts and distributed them to bettors in Thanh Hoa with transactions totaling over VND130 billion.

Thanh Hoa police also busted another football betting ring and apprehended 12 suspects for allegedly gambling and organizing gambling.

The large and complicated ring was operated by Le Viet Vu, 38, a resident in Dai Mo Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.

Vu colluded with Hoang Ba Huynh, 26, in Bac Son Ward, Sam Son City, Thanh Hoa Province; Pham Van Luc, 27, in Dong Ve Ward, Thanh Hoa City; and Nguyen Van Cuong, 35, in Quang Tien Ward, Sam Son City to incite bettors to take part in the football betting ring, causing social disorder.

Pursuant to Article 322 of the 2015 Penal Code, those gambling or organizing gambling may be fined VND50,000 ($2.1) to VND300,000 ($12.6) each or be sentenced to 1-10 years behind bars.

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Police in Thanh Hoa Province, north-central Vietnam broke up two football betting rackets whose transactions accumulated VND130 billion (US$5.4 million) and detained 19 suspects on Sunday.

Provincial criminal police officers smashed an online ring run by Nguyen Trong Tung, a 34-year-old man residing in Dong Huong Ward, Thanh Hoa City.

According to preliminary investigation results, Tung and six suspects, including Nguyen Van Dau, 28, and Nguyen Truong Thanh, 39, in Dong Huong Ward; Nguyen Van Cuong, 29, in Ba Dinh Ward; Le Bao Liem and Le Quoc Tung, 34, in Dong Hai Ward; and Le Van Phuc, 29, in Nam Ngan Ward, used the website www.agent.vi2233xx.com and opened many football betting accounts.

The suspects also opened many Master accounts and distributed them to bettors in Thanh Hoa with transactions totaling over VND130 billion.

Thanh Hoa police also busted another football betting ring and apprehended 12 suspects for allegedly gambling and organizing gambling.

The large and complicated ring was operated by Le Viet Vu, 38, a resident in Dai Mo Ward, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.

Vu colluded with Hoang Ba Huynh, 26, in Bac Son Ward, Sam Son City, Thanh Hoa Province; Pham Van Luc, 27, in Dong Ve Ward, Thanh Hoa City; and Nguyen Van Cuong, 35, in Quang Tien Ward, Sam Son City to incite bettors to take part in the football betting ring, causing social disorder.

Pursuant to Article 322 of the 2015 Penal Code, those gambling or organizing gambling may be fined VND50,000 ($2.1) to VND300,000 ($12.6) each or be sentenced to 1-10 years behind bars.

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Northern Vietnam to remain cold, downpours to lash central provinces

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An enhanced cold front is forecast to continue bringing cold weather to northern and north-central Vietnam over the next few days, while the country’s central provinces will be lashed by heavy rains until Friday.

As of Sunday afternoon, the cold spell was already affecting most of northern Vietnam as well as some areas in the north-central region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Northern and north-central provinces will remain cold until Tuesday, with average lows of around 13-15 degrees Celsius in the Red River Delta and 10-13 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.

The temperature could drop to below five degrees Celsius on high mountains.

Showers and winds of up to 20km an hour will also be recorded in the northern and north-central regions.

Due to the influence of the enhanced cold snap, rains of 100-180 millimeters will batter the locations from north-central Ha Tinh Province to south-central Khanh Hoa Province from Sunday night to Tuesday.

From Wednesday to Friday, central Vietnam will continue to experience downpours of 100-200 millimeters.

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control suggested that the provinces from Ha Tinh to Khanh Hoa take measures to prevent damage from flooding, especially flash floods and landslides.

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An enhanced cold front is forecast to continue bringing cold weather to northern and north-central Vietnam over the next few days, while the country’s central provinces will be lashed by heavy rains until Friday.

As of Sunday afternoon, the cold spell was already affecting most of northern Vietnam as well as some areas in the north-central region, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Northern and north-central provinces will remain cold until Tuesday, with average lows of around 13-15 degrees Celsius in the Red River Delta and 10-13 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas.

The temperature could drop to below five degrees Celsius on high mountains.

Showers and winds of up to 20km an hour will also be recorded in the northern and north-central regions.

Due to the influence of the enhanced cold snap, rains of 100-180 millimeters will batter the locations from north-central Ha Tinh Province to south-central Khanh Hoa Province from Sunday night to Tuesday.

From Wednesday to Friday, central Vietnam will continue to experience downpours of 100-200 millimeters.

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control suggested that the provinces from Ha Tinh to Khanh Hoa take measures to prevent damage from flooding, especially flash floods and landslides.

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