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(ANS) – Sources inside Vietnam report that a deputy police chief has allegedly brutalized a Christian Montagnard detainee. The Montagnard Foundation, Inc states that on 20 July 2005 approximately one hundred Montagnard Degar asylum seekers in Phnom Penh were forcibly returned to Vietnam by the Cambodian government. MFI says the US State Department and numerous Human Rights Organizations all voiced their disapproval of this deportation. One of these 11 returnees, named “Siu Nam” (aged 20 years old) from the village of Plei Pah, Ia Ko commune, Cu Se District, Gia Lai Province was allegedly apprehended and tortured by the Deputy Police Chief of the District, MFI says. “The Deputy Police Chief had Siu Nam held down and commenced beating him with his fists. He also pulled Siu Nam ’s hair and ears while Siu Nam screamed out loud,” the organization states. “The Deputy Police Chief continued beating Siu Nam with his fists, and also struck him across the face three times with open palm. Siu Nam had his nose struck, possibly broken as witnesses described blood coming from his nose. “The Deputy Police Chief then took a long stick and beat Siu Nam ’s hands, his back and stomach numerous times. Witnesses reported seeing Siu Nam being struck at least twice on his hands and twice on his back. After the beating the police sent him back to his village. He was warned not to ever try fleeing to Cambodia again or worse would happen.”

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