Ms. Nguyen Phuong Hang was arrested by the Ho Chi Minh City’s Police on March 24. The duration of the detention order was 3 months. However, after 3 months of detention, the Investigation Agency has not yet completed the investigation and the agency proposed to extend the detention for another 2 months on June 21.
Then the 2-month extension of temporary detention ended, on August 18, the People’s Procuracy of Ho Chi Minh City extends the detention order for another 20 days. However, at the end of this 20-day time limit, the investigation has not been completed.
It is known that Clause 2, Article 173 of the Criminal Procedure Code 2015 provides as follows:
If an investigation must be prolonged due to a variety of complex facts in the case and no grounds for change or termination of detention exist, the investigation authority shall, within 10 days prior to the expiration of the time limit, request The procuracy to extend the detention.
Detention is extended as follows:
- a) Detention of offenders of misdemeanors may be extended once for 01 more month;
- b) Detention of offenders of felonies may be extended once for 02 more month;
- c) Detention of offenders of horrific felonies may be extended once for 03 more month;
- d) Detention of offenders of extremely severe felonies may be extended twice, for 04 more months each time.
Nguyen Phuong Hang’s case is a serious crime, so it should be extended once for no more than 2 months. However, after extending the detention for the first time, on August 18, the prosecution agency extended the detention for the second time. So is it fair to Ms. Nguyen Phuong Hang?
On September 6, the 20-day detention period also ended, the People’s Procuracy of HCM City issued a decision to return the case for additional investigation and the city’s Police Department also issued a decision to temporarily detain Ms. Hang for 1 month and 27 days.
On November 4, the fourth detention period expired, however, until November 10, the Investigation Police Agency of the city police and procuracy continued to issue a temporary detention order for defendant Nguyen Phuong Hang for another month. Renewal date is November 4. And on November 29, the city police has extended the detention order for Nguyen Phuong Hang for another two months.
Until now, the city’s police have had 5 times to extend the detention order, with an extension of 7 months. Then they do the right thing or not? That is the question many people are asking.
It is known that two days before being arrested, Ms. Nguyen Phuong Hang had a livestream accusing Mr. Phan Van Mai. If it is said that Ms. Hang Livestream is a crime, the place where she committed the crime is Binh Duong, why she was arrested by HCM City’s police? It is worth mentioning that, having extended the detention period 5 times with a total period of 7 months, it is unknown, until the end of this detention period, the police will issue another extension order or not? Some analysts question, if the HCM City Police keep extending temporary detention arbitrarily, , can they imprison an unconvicted prisoner for life? The law stipulates the maximum number of times to extend temporary detention very clearly, why is the HCM City Police do not respect it?
The extension of Ms. Hang’s detention for many times made many people suspect that this was a trick of Mr. Phan Van Mai? Did Mr. Mai abuse his power when he let the Investigation Agency under his management want this giant woman to go to jail five times seven times, so that she would say less hidden things about him?
Through the case of Ms. Nguyen Phuong Hang, people are seeing a Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee is full of tricks and abuses power to achieve political purposes. If his bad reputation is covered up, he will have a good chance to enter the Politburo.