Chinese tourist beaten for refusing to give bribe

Employees of the customs service of Viet Nam have caused Chinese tourists grievous bodily harm for refusing to give a bribe, reports the South China Morning Post. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of China demanded a thorough investigation. The Vietnamese authorities deny the incident.

The Chinese foreign Ministry released a statement which States about a man named CoE, who received serious injuries at the hands of customs officers. The incident occurred on 7 February, when everyone was returning home.

China’s Embassy in Hanoi has accused Vietnamese officials in the violence against the citizen of his country and condemned their actions. “The guilty must be punished. You must apologize and compensate the moral damage,” reads the statement of the diplomatic mission.

The victim, 28-year-old man, travelled to Vietnam together with his mother and bride. According to her, customs officers demanded three times the fee for verification of documents at the border in the amount of from 30 to 50 yuan (almost 7.3 U.S. dollars) per person. After refusing to pay the officials beat the CE, broke his three ribs.