Vietnamese soldier dismissed over tortured monkeys

Hanoi: State media in Vietnam say a soldier has been dismissed from the military after photos of him torturing two monkeys posted on Facebook outraged the public.

The Labourer newspaper says 20-year-old private Nguyen Van Quang was dismissed from his unit in central Gia Lai province and two other soldiers were given a warning.

The three bought the monkeys from villagers for USD 57 before torturing them and hiring villagers to slaughter them. A photo shows a monkey having a cigarette pressed into its mouth.

Many readers expressed anger in comments in print and online newspapers after the images were posted on Quang's Facebook wall last month.

The newspaper said today that the military has arrested a villager and issued warrants against two others for illegal hunting.

Quang's army unit didn't comment.