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...]

Age-old trees barked secretly in Hanoi as investigation underway

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About 10 more age-old trees on a street in Hanoi have had their feet skinned after dozens of other trees of the same species suffered the same fate around a week ago. >> Hanoi replacing felled trees with those thriving in mountainous regions only: expert The ten trees, named xà cừ (Khaya senegalensis), line K2 Street in Cau Dien Town, Nam Tu Liem District, near the My Dinh Urban Area. Police have launched a probe but they have yet to find out who peeled the trees. These skinned trees are located next to the nursery garden of a tree and flower enterprise under the Hanoi Park and Green Tree One-Member Co. Ltd. They have had their feet barked by slashes and the traces could be clearly seen on the damaged surfaces in various sizes. About a week ago, 35 xà cừ trees on Le Duan, Kim Ma, Lang and Pham Van Dong Streets, were also skinned, exposing the inner layer of the trunks. Tuoi Tre Deep slashes will certainly affect their growth, the Hanoi Park and Green Tree … [Read more...]

Vietnam too slow in setting indoor air standards

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VietNamNet Bridge - While other governments worldwide have set up national standards for indoor air, Vietnam, which faces serious air pollution, still does not have a set of standards. Residents are suffering as a consequence. Nguyen Ngoc Tuan and his family moved to a new apartment in Dong Anh District several months ago. Since then, Tuan has suffered from shortness of breath and headaches, while his two children cough regularly. The doctors said they have pneumonia. "My family and I were very strong before and I cannot understand why we got sick," he said. "The doctor then told me that we lived in a bad environment with toxicity from new wooden furniture and paints." In another case, recently, tens of people unexpectedly fainted at Big C supermarket at The Garden in Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi. The reason, according to environmental monitoring experts, was caused by poor indoor air quality. Ngo Quoc Khanh, from the Scientific Research Institute of Labor Protection, said … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – April 22

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Briefs on some of the leading news stories published Wednesday (April 22) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper are as follows: -- The Asia-Africa Conference is set to kick off today, April 22, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Some hundred delegates, including state leaders, from over 100 Asian and African countries are expected to partake in this year’s conference. Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang leads a high-ranking delegation to the conference. Society -- Ten age-old "xa cu" trees which line K2 Street, located in Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi, have been found being lopped and having large patches of their barks peeled off. The trees are grown near the arboretum of a flower and plant cultivating company under the state-owned Hanoi Tree, Park Co. -- Officials in the northern province of Quang Binh affirmed on Tuesday that three Vietnamese migrant workers suffocated from inhaling gas on Sunday. According to the victims' relatives, their co-workers told them that three men were … [Read more...]

Hanoi to launch fireworks at five places on April 30th

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Hanoi City People’s Committee has made a plan on setting off firework displays at five locations around the city as part of activities to celebrate southern liberation and national unification (April 30th). The 15-minute shows are scheduled for 9:00 pm on April 30th at 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 Son Tay town’s flower garden. On this occasion, diverse cultural activities will be held such as celebrations, art performances, sporting events and exhibitions./. … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s real estate posts growth in Q1

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A corner of My Dinh II residential area in Nam Tu Liem District. (Photo: VNA) The real estate market in Hanoi has seen a strong recovery, especially the luxury apartment segment, the CBRE Vietnam announced recently. In the first quarter of this year, the market continued its recovery with the comeback of high-end apartments. Construction of some 4,879 new units has begun among 18 projects, an 82 percent against the same period in 2014, said Nguyen Hoai An, senior manager at CBRE Vietnam's Hanoi branch. "Notably, five out of 18 projects are for the high-end segment, more than in any single quarter during 2012-14," she said. "The number of new projects for high-end units went up 60 percent quarter-on-quarter and 30 percent year-on-year". Despite a long Tet (Lunar New Year) break, sales remained strong during this quarter, An said. An estimated 3,079 units were purchased during the quarter, which was double the number of sales from Q1, 2014. "The share of transactions for … [Read more...]