Mennonite Christian Pastor Arrested, Assaulted by Police in Saigon, Vietnam.

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Paster Pham Ngoc Thach of Vietnam Mennonite Christian Church was arrested, handcuffed, and assaulted by police before being led away on Saturday night, June 25, 2011.

According to Mrs. Nguyen Thanh Nu, Pastor Pham’s wife, police cuffed the Pastor’s hands and feet, spit on his face, called him a dog (Pastor Pham told her that police said to one another: “let us kill this dog”), and broke his jaws while in police custody at Ward 26, Binh Thanh District, Saigon. Despite Pastor Pham’s excruciating pain, police rejected Mrs. Nguyen’s request to see him. A city policeman name Hung told Mrs. Nguyen that Pastor Pham was arrested for distributing pamphlets calling for protests. However, when Mrs. Nguyen asked about the contents of the pamphlets, Mr. Hung refused to tell her, only stating that protesting was illegal in Vietnam.

Later that night, a vehicle from Vietnam’s special police took Pastor Pham away. When Mrs. Nguyen, holding her 15 month-old child, attempted to reach Pastor Pham, police grabbed her arms and locked them behind her back.

At present, Pastor Pham’s whereabouts remain unknown.