Man dies af­ter set­ting him­self alight to protest jail time

Gulf Times - - ASIA -

A Viet­namese man has died af­ter set­ting him­self on fire in Hanoi to protest a prison sen­tence, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day, DPA re­ports from Hanoi. Tran Dinh Trinh, chair­man of Hop Dong Com­mune’s Peo­ple Com­mit­tee, where the de­ceased lived, said that Bui Huu Tuan, 68, died on Thurs­day. “His re­mains will be buried at his fam­ily tomb,” he said. Tuan, 68, for­mer chief of the vil­lage of Dao Ngan, in Hanoi’s Chuong My district, had re­cently been sen­tenced to five years for abus­ing power. On the morn­ing July 4, he went out­side the Cen­tral Cit­i­zen Re­cep­tion Com­mit­tee in Hanoi, poured gaso­line on his body and set him­self alight in protest of the con­vic­tion. He had gone with Luong Cong Tinh, also from Dao Ngan, to lodge an appeal while out on bail. He suf­fered burns on 77% of his body, re­ported the Vn­ex­press news site, in­clud­ing deep burns into his mus­cles and skele­ton.

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