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Vietnamese authorities rule Christian leader’s prison death a suicide

June 13, 2013

Vietnamese police have ruled that a Christian leader’s March prison death was caused by suicide through electrocution.

Hoang Van Ngai, an elder of the Evangelical Church of Vietnam, died in prison in Dak Nong Province, which is located in the southern part of the Communist nation. Ngai’s brother, who was imprisoned in an adjacent cell, heard him being beaten by prison authorities on the night of his death.

“Ngai appears to have been targeted for his Christian faith and his determination to stand up to corrupt officials,” said an official of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, which monitors the persecution of Christians.


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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jun. 14, 2013 8:28 AM ET USA

    He died in police custody. That says it all.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jun. 13, 2013 9:52 PM ET USA

    This holy man has gone to his father in heaven. The world will have to tolerate his tormentors and murderers a while longer. Pray for all persons in these repressive regimes. May The Lord save the rest of us from voting more of these regimes into power.