Vietnam child murderer, rapist not mentally ill: police

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The Hanoi police said the man suspected of killing a four-year-old girl and raping her eight-year-old sister last week did not show signs of mental disorder and was possibly just drunk at the time. Dang Tran Hoai, 26, told them he had attended a wedding in Tu Liem District that noon and got drunk. After leaving the party, he stopped to buy guavas from a street vendor, and stole the seller's knife. Some reports quote him as telling the police that he had a sudden urge to have sex. When he passed a shop selling agricultural materials in Ha Dong District, he found the two girls alone inside. He parked his motorbike outside and went into the shop which was also the shopkeeper's house. He began to rape the elder girl and the younger one cried, so he slashed her repeatedly until she collapsed before continuing with his brutal act. The girls' uncle, who lives nearby, said that when he saw Hoai's motorbike outside with the key still in the ignition, he told his daughter to go over … [Read more...]

Flower Road to open in Da Nang City

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PANO – A flower road to welcome the Year of the Snake along the western bank of Han River, under the theme "Flower in blossom", will open on February 7th (27th of the 12th lunar month). The 1km-long and 11.7m-wide promenade, stretching from the Bach Dang–Phan Dinh Phung T-junction to the Bach Dang-Le Van Duyet T-junction, is decorated with 100,000 baskets of 100 types of flowers and ornamental trees. A flower arrangement in the shape of a snake spitting out a pearl is expected to be a popular attraction for both Vietnamese and international visitors. Translated by Tran Hoai … [Read more...]

Vietnam plans to produce its own lethal injection drugs

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Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday said it has proposed to the central government for the country to manufacture its own poison to execute those on death row, as the European Union has maintained its refusal to export the drugs. Minister Tran Dai Quang said at a meeting with the National Assembly the proposal is being assessed by the central government and will be carried out soon, news website Dan Tri reported. A total of 532 prisoners have been awaiting execution since the adjustment to the Law for Enforcement of Criminal Verdict took effect last July, replacing the firing squad with lethal injection as a more humane method of execution. The EU has banned the use of the drugs, telling Vietnam to eliminate capital punishment instead. The death penalty has been abolished in all of the EU member states. Many Vietnamese lawmakers suggested at a meeting last October that Vietnam reinstate the firing squad as the death penalty would not be a deterrent if it could not … [Read more...]

Death sentence maintained for child rapist, killer

Hanoi People's Court maintained the death sentence for Dang Tran Hoai, 27, who raped an 8-year-old girl, killed her 4-year-old sister, and stabbed a male relative of the victims. At yesterday's appeal hearing, Hoai argued that he committed the crime for the first time and was in an abnormal mental state. Hoai's mother told the court that Hoai was hit by a stone in the head when he was 16 and since had mental problems, such as talking nonsense and laughing to himself. Dang Tran Hoai (R) in court (Source: internet) The mother asked the court to put Hoai in a mental asylum, but the jury rejected her request, explaining that the case file showed that he committed the crimes when he did not suffer any mental problems. After hearing all side arguments, the court yesterday rejected the defendant's claim, saying there was nothing that could be considered as extenuating circumstance in this case. Previously, at Hoai's first instance trial in October 2012, the court gave him the death … [Read more...]

Court upholds death sentence for killer rapist

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At yesterday’s appeal hearing, the Hanoi People’s Court upheld two death sentences for Dang Tran Hoai, 27, who raped a little girl and killed her 4-year-old sister, and stabbed a man who is the victims’ relative. At Hoai’s first instance trial in October 2012, the court gave him a death sentence for rape and another for murder. He also received a five-year imprisonment for robbing property. He later appealed, arguing that he committed the crime for the first time and in an abnormal mental condition. However the court yesterday rejected his claim, saying there was nothing that could be considered as extenuating circumstances in this case. Hoai’s mother told the court that Hoai was hit by a stone in the head when he was 16 and he has since had mental problems, such as talking nonsense and laughing to himself. The mother asked the court to put Hoai in a mental test, but the jury rejected her request, explaining that the case file showed that he committed … [Read more...]

“Uncle Ho’s soldiers on the economic front” writing contest:

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PANO – An article, "Children’s voices in deep forest", by Nguyen Ngoc Tan from Gia Lai province, won first prize at the closing and awards ceremony of the writing contest, "Uncle Ho’s soldiers on the economic front", on December 17th in Hanoi. Second prizes went to "Those who make the brand of clean tea", by Me Quang Thang, a reporter from the People’s Army Newspaper, and "To the place where the sun sets", by Tran Dang, a reporter from the Thanh Nien Newspaper. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – November 07

Tuoitrenews briefs the salient news published on Tuoi Tre on November 7. Society: -- Vietnam Construction and Import - Export Joint Stock Corporation (Vinaconex) said the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge project that connects district 1 and district 2 costs about VND2.3 trillion. The bridge which is 852.5m in length is expected to have four lanes, a 2-meter-long divider for planting flowers, and pedestrian lanes on the two sides of the bridge. -- The Saigon Zoological and Botanical Garden, the country's largest of its kind, will be expanded to cover another 0.15 ha (1,500 square meters) to 17ha, according to the city's People's Committee. -- Vietnam's deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just required People Committee of Nam Dinh Northern Province to submit an official report about the collapse of the 180m-tall television tower in the province during Typhoon Son Tinh late last month to the Office of the Premier before November 25, 2012. -- Police in Hai Phong northern province have filed … [Read more...]

Child rapist, killer receives death penalty in Hanoi Court

On October 25, the Hanoi People's Court opened trial against defendant Dang Tran Hoai from Duong Noi Ward in Ha Dong District of Hanoi, for murder, rape and robbery. The trial of 26-year-old Hoai has attracted the attention of many people because of his extremely cruel behavior and lustful attitude and whose crimes committed in July shocked the country. During the trial, Hoai kept his head bent and repeatedly complained of suffering from a headache. He even refused to answer all questions of the jury. Defendant Dang Tran Hoai at Hanoi People's Court trial (Photo: phatpluat) However, the trial still went on after the jury affirmed he had no mental problems and was in good health. According to the jury's verdict, on July 29, 2012, Dang Tran Hoai, a native of Ha Dong District, wandered on his motorbike along Thang Long Avenue after leaving a wedding party organized in Tu Liem District. When he was passing the house of 30-year-old K.V.H in a rural area of Son Tay Town, he saw two … [Read more...]

Lawmakers want to revise law, as Vietnam faces execution dilemma

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As hundreds of executions have been pending since last year due to the absence of lethal injection drugs, lawmakers suggested Vietnam reinstate the firing squad. Speaking on Friday, National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son proposed the adjustment to the Law for Enforcement of Criminal Verdicts, which took effects last July, Vietnamnet reported. He said it was impossible to prolong the "troublesome situation," because without being executed, the death penalty loses its power as a deterrent. According to Son, nearly 450 death-row inmates have been awaiting execution since the new law took effect, but they could not be carried out due to the lack of the necessary drugs. The European Union, where the country had planned to import the drugs from, refused to sell them to Vietnam, saying that the country should eliminate capital punishment, instead, he said. The EU, in fact, has already abolished the death penalty in all of its member states and is now an active promoter of … [Read more...]

Death sentence for killer of girl aged 4

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Court yesterday sentenced Dang Tran Hoai , 26, of Ha Dong District to death for killing a four-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her eight-year-old sister. The incident happened on July 29 after Hoai got drunk at a wedding and saw the girls playing outside their house. Hoai forced the older sister into the kitchen and raped her, and when her younger sibling cried out for help, he killed her. He also stabbed their uncle who tried to intervene. Hoai was arrested the day he tried to flee.-VNS … [Read more...]

Hanoi child rapist-killer gets 2 death penalties

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A 26-year-old man, whose crimes committed in July has shocked the country, received two death sentences after he was convicted of rape and murder of a four-year-old girl by a court on Thursday. Hoai seen at the trial in Hanoi on October 25, 2012.Photo: Tuoi Tre He also received a five-year imprison sentence for robbing property. One week before the trial, his family burnt incense to commemorate the victim and paid her family a compensation of VND200 million (US$9,600). During the trial, the man bent his head down against a chair and repeatedly complained he suffered a headache. He even refused to answer all questions from the jury. However, the trial still went on after the jury affirmed he had no mental problems and was in good health. Hoai bent his head down against a chair and repeatedly complained he suffered a headache during the trial on October 25, 2012. Photo: Tuoi Tre According to the jury's verdicts, on July 29, 2012, Dang Tran Hoai, a native in Ha Dong district, … [Read more...]

Man arrested for killing child and raping 9-year-old girl

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Police in Hanoi on July 30 arrested Dang Tran Hoai, 26, from Co Dong Commune of Son Tay Town in Hanoi, for raping a 9-year-old girl and killing her 4-year-old sister. According to the police report, Hoai went on his motorbike to a pesticide store in Son Tay Town around 3pm on Sunday afternoon, after which he attended a wedding party in Tu Liem District where he got drunk and then took rest in the house soon after. At that time, the house owner, 32-year-old Khuat Van Hien and his wife were not at home and finding the children alone, Hoai exploited the situation to commit the crimes. … [Read more...]

10 biggest real estate transactions in Vietnam in 2015

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VietNamNet Bridge – In 2015 major real estate firms in Vietnam sought and conducted many large affairs to acquire "golden land" in the center of big cities. The real estate market in 2015 showed many positive signs. The number of transactions increased in many segments, while the price was relatively stable. According to statistics of 60 real estate enterprises listed on the stock market of Vietnam, total sales in 2015 grew 13%, reaching more than VND37,400 billion. 2015 is also the year of large acquisitions on the estate market. 1. Lotte acquired Diamond Plaza South Korea’s Lotte Group has replaced Posco as the foreign investor in a joint venture which owns and operates the Diamond Plaza, a commercial, office and apartment complex in downtown HCM City. Lotte has joined the management of the Diamond Plaza after acquiring 70% of the project. However, the amount of money the group had spent on the deal was not revealed. The Diamond Plaza was inaugurated in August … [Read more...]

Where to watch the best fireworks on Vietnamese New Year eve

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Tet fireworks in Hanoi in 2015. Photo: Anh Tuan/Zing Vietnam’s largest cities will let off fireworks at various spots for 15 minutes from midnight February 8 to ring in the new lunar year. Hanoi has announced plans for fireworks shows at 31 locations and in every district. There will be six grand shows downtown including two at the Sword Lake – in front of the city post office and Hanoi Moi newspaper. The other four will be at Thong Nhat Park in Hai Ba Trung District, Nguyen Hoang Ton garden in Tay Ho District, Van Quan Lake in Ha Dong District and My Dinh Stadium in Tu Liem District. Hanoi officials said the shows would be funded privately. Ho Chi Minh City has planned fireworks at four spots -- the Saigon River Tunnel, Dam Sen theme park, Cu Chi Tunnel area and the main football field of Can Gio District. The first two locations were also used for fireworks shows on December 31. Fireworks at the tunnel on the District 2 side can be viewed perfectly from Nguyen Hue … [Read more...]

State President, OVs offer incense at Thang Long citadel

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PANO – President Truong Tan Sang on January 31st led the outstanding overseas Vietnamese (OVs) to offer incense to ancestors at Kinh Thien palace - Thang Long ancient citadel. The OVs delegates are joining the program "Homeland Spring 2016 – Sacred Hanoi" co-held by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People’s Committee of Hanoi. After the offering, the President and the OVs released birds, showing the aspiration for peace for Vietnam and the whole world. Earlier the same day, the delegation of OVs joined the incense offering and release carps at the President Ho Chi Minh Relic site in the Presidential Palace and visited Van Phuc traditional silk village in Ha Dong district. As scheduled, President Truong Tan Sang is to send Lunar New Year (Tet) greetings and join an exchange with OVs at an art program themed "Homeland Spring 2016 – Sacred Hanoi." The program will be aired live on VTV1 and VTV4 … [Read more...]

More M&A deals expected in domestic real estate sector

HA NOI (VNS)— Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the domestic real estate sector are being favoured thanks to the recovery in the market, together with several new policies. Experts said 2014 and 2015 was the breakthrough period for M&As in the market. In the context of the frozen property market, the progress of several estate projects with favourable locations was stagnant as investors were facing financial difficulties. Several real estate investors with strong financial abilities, both inside and outside the country, have taken advantage of the land fund to increase the supply to the market. These projects could rake in big profits in the future while saving initial investment costs. Novaland has been one of the notable investors which started the wave of M&As in the property sector. In the past three years, Novaland has acquired up to 25 real estate projects. Most of them are medium and high-end apartment projects with selling prices between VND24 million and … [Read more...]

Property market remains stable in January

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Manh Tung This month Hanoi has seen 1,600 successful housing transactions, according to reports of real estate investors and trading floors in the city. The figure is the same as last year’s December but up by 3% year-on-year. Property projects offered for sale in the capital in January are Mon City in My Dinh area, Goldmark City on Ho Tung Mau Street, Season Avenue and Hanoi Landmark 51 in Ha Dong District. These projects are located in good sites, have apartments of different sizes which can meet diverse demand of homebuyers, and offer flexible payment methods. The department reported that there have been around 1,600 successful home deals in HCMC this month, increasing 3% over December and 10% year-on-year. Liquidity of HCMC’s real estate market has improved with more transactions for medium and small-sized apartments having one to two bed rooms and costing around VND1 billion (US$44,680) each. They include The EverRich Infinity in District 5, Hung Phat … [Read more...]