Former Prisoner of Conscience Truong Van Kim Attacked by Under-covered Policemen, Second Assault since June

Former prisoner of conscience Truong Van Kim

Defend the Defenders, September 10, 2018


At around 4 PM of September 9, a group of three plainclothes agents and one thug attacked former prisoner of conscience Truong Van Kim when he went home from his coffee plantation in Di Linh district, Lam Dong province.

The victim said that the thug stopped him and later two plainclothes agents namely Hoa and Vu from the Di Linh district’s Police Division came to assault him with wooden batons.

The attackers broke one of his arm and caused many injuries on his body before leaving, the victims said.

After the assault, he was taken to a hospital for urgent treatment, activists said.

This is the second attack of plainclothes agents against Mr. Kim within the past few months.

On June 22, plainclothes agents also attacked him when he went to his coffee field. The attackders riding on their motorbikes tried to kick his vehicle and knock down him on street but he successfully escaped the attack so they ran away.

In April 2017, he was also assaulted by under-covered policemen.

Mr. Kim, nearly 70, was a land petitioner. He and three other land petitioners namely Duong Au, Phung Quang Tuyen and Truong Thi Tam established the so-called Party for People. In late August 2010, they went to Cambodia to visit their friends and when returned, they were arrested and charged with “Fleeing abroad or defecting to stay overseas with a view to opposing the people’s administration” under Article 91of the 1999 Penal Code.

Later, Kim and Tam were sentenced to three years in prison and three years under house arrest each while Au was given five years in prison and three years under house arrest and Quyen was sentenced to four year in prison.

After being released in 2012, Mr. Kim has been a subject of the local police’s harassment.