5 sentenced to death for drug trafficking

HANOI - A court in central Vietnam has sentenced five people, including four women, to death and another to life in prison for trafficking heroin from neighbouring Laos.

The six were found guilty Friday by the court in Nghe An province on charges of trafficking 89 kilogrammes (196 pounds) of heroin between March and July last year, when the ring was uncovered, the state-run Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

Court officials were not available for comment Saturday.

In 2011, the Communist country decided to switch from firing squads to lethal injection on humanitarian grounds, but only seven convicts have been executed since August as Vietnam struggled to obtain needed chemicals.

There are currently nearly 700 people on the death row in Vietnam.

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Discussion 1 : 16/12/2013 at 02:08 PM
Don't do the crime if you can't take the punishment. What's more important your life or money? You can always make money but once you lose life money no longer good.
Discussion 2 : 14/12/2013 at 08:45 PM
If their laws says the death penalty then that is what is risked. Simple. Look at the notice you receive upon entry into Malaysia. Not a joke but a fact. What ever the law of the country if you break it you are faced with their penalty. No sympathy from me.
Discussion 3 : 14/12/2013 at 05:57 PM
Not surprising that it's getting worse. China's opium problem became famously much worse only after that drug was made illegal in China. The unreason and refusal to admit obvious facts on this is amazing: the evidence is perfectly clear that making a drug illegal does not decrease use of that drug. Nor does making a drug legal increase its use. But as the US experiment with prohibition shows, criminalization does wonders for corrupt officials and mafia scum, and greatly worsens all drug related social problems. And some people continue to support policy that is such a proven failure? Why? To whose benefit, other than corrupt and mafia?
Discussion 4 : 14/12/2013 at 01:18 PM
Maybe if the consequences here were more serious the drug problem would not be so great from iPhone application.
Discussion 5 : 14/12/2013 at 12:27 PM
The death penalty does nothing to deter heroin dealers here in Viet Nam. In fact it's getting worse. Now we see high grade marijuana, mdma, mushrooms, and cocaine all throughout the clubs. If you get caught the police merely takes your money, gives you a swift kick in the ass, and your on your way. Luckily yaba never caught on here.

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