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...]

National Day celebrations for Hanoi

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September 2 marks the 70th anniversary of National Independence Day. A range of activities will be held in Hanoi to mark the 70th anniversary of National Independence Day (September 2), Mr. To Van Dong, Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, told a press conference on July 28. A grand meeting and parade gathering about 10,000 local people will be held at Ba Dinh Square on the morning of September 2. About ten large screens will also be installed at various locations in the capital for the public to watch the live broadcast of the parade. As the parade starts, the Ministry of Defense will fire a 21-gun salute from the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. Fireworks will light up the sky at 9pm at five spots around the city, including Hoan Kiem Lake (Hoan Kiem district), Thong Nhat Park (Hai Ba Trung district), Van Quan Lake (Ha Dong district), My Dinh National Stadium (Nam Tu Liem district), and West Lake (Tay Ho district). Various activities, including … [Read more...]

Hanoi to have 19 new street names

The road section section along the West Lake from the end of Thanh Nien Street to Trich Sai Street will be named after the well-known writer and composer, Nguyen Dinh Thi. — Photo tiin.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – Two road sections in Ha Noi's Tay Ho District will be named after two of Viet Nam's famous artists following a decision signed by the Chairman of the city's People's Committee, Nguyen The Thao, on Monday. Under decision No 3517/QD-UBND, naming 19 new roads and changing the length of three streets, a 2.2-km long section along the West Lake from the end of Thanh Nien Street to Trich Sai Street will be named after the well-known writer and composer, Nguyen Dinh Thi (1924-2003). Thi belonged to the generation of artists who participated in defeating the French in the 1950s. His works included essays on philosophy, poetry, music and drama. Another 900-metre-long section, running from number 612 Lac Long Quan Street to the intersection of Au Co Street with the city dyke, will be named after the famous composer, musician, songwriter, painter and poet Trinh Cong Son (1939-2001). He is widely considered one of salient figures of modern Vietnamese music and wrote … [Read more...]

Ha Noi to have 19 new street names

The road section section along the West Lake from the end of Thanh Nien Street to Trich Sai Street will be named after the well-known writer and composer, Nguyen Dinh Thi. — Photo tiin.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Two road sections in Ha Noi's Tay Ho District will be named after two of Viet Nam's famous artists following a decision signed by the Chairman of the city's People's Committee, Nguyen The Thao, on Monday. Under decision No 3517/QD-UBND, naming 19 new roads and changing the length of three streets, a 2.2-km long section along the West Lake from the end of Thanh Nien Street to Trich Sai Street will be named after the well-known writer and composer, Nguyen Dinh Thi (1924-2003). Thi belonged to the generation of artists who participated in defeating the French in the 1950s. His works included essays on philosophy, poetry, music and drama. Another 900-metre-long section, running from number 612 Lac Long Quan Street to the intersection of Au Co Street with the city dyke, will be named after the famous composer, musician, songwriter, painter and poet Trinh Cong Son (1939-2001). He is widely considered one of salient figures of modern Vietnamese music and wrote many … [Read more...]

Large drug trafficking ring with 490 cakes of heroin busted

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Leaders of the Police General Department under the Ministry of Public Security on July 26th directed the Police Department for Investment of Drug-related Crimes (C47) to further investigate a drug trafficking and transport ring from Van Ho district of Son La province to Hanoi, Lang Son and sent to China for consumption with large volume concealed, transported by industrial gas tanks. Major General Nguyen Anh Tuan, C47 Head, directly controlls the investigation. Nguyen Quoc Hung, 32, from Hung Ha district, Thai Binh province is defined as ring leader. Hung has a relation with transnational lines and he now owns a restaurant and karaoke in Bac Tu Liem district, Hanoi. Over a time of following, the police arrested six people were trading drugs near Phu Dong bridge in Co Bi commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi, including Nguyen Quoc Hung; Nguyen Hoang Quan (28 years old) from Can Tho city’s Binh Thuy district; Nghiem Quoc Dung, 30, from Hanoi’s Ba Dinh district; Nguyen Van … [Read more...]

Six men nabbed after 490 heroin cakes found in gas cylinders

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Drug ring leader Nguyen Quoc Hung. (Photo: VNA) Six men were arrested after being discovered transporting drugs hidden in a blue industrial gas cylinder from Van Ho District in northern Son La province to Hanoi, police said on July 26. Nguyen Quoc Hung, a 32 year-old restaurant and karaoke bar owner in Bac Tu Liem district, Hanoi, and the drug ring leader, together with Nguyen Hoang Quan, 28, Nghiem Quoc Dung, 30, Nguyen Van Tuyen, 44, Dam Viet Thang, 48, and Loc Minh Duc, 37, were nabbed near Phu Dong bridge, Gia Lam district, with a truck where the police found 170 packages of heroin. The police also found two other gas cylinders filled with another 320 heroin packages alongside two K59 guns and bullets as they raided Hung’s three-floor rental house. This is the largest drug seizure ever. The Drug Crime Investigation Department, known as C47, are further investigating the case.-VNA … [Read more...]