The number two figure in a notorious criminal gang busted in Ho Chi Minh City four years ago filed an appeal to the city's People's Court Sunday over the verdict handed down to him last month. Nguyen Van Tho, dubbed "captain Tho", was sentenced to death at a trial in late October this year as the main culprit in beating local police officer Pham Thanh Son and his friend Ho Phuoc Hung to death January 2000. … [Read more...] about Executed mafia boss henchman appeals for milder penalty
Appeals for death penalty
in vain to stop Indonesia from executing a Vietnamese drug convict, Vietnam,where heroin trafficking is rampant,sentenced eight drug mules to death. Earlier, on January 5, following blanket media coverage about appeals by death row inmates, the apex prosecutors’ office had launched a review of 16 convictions that showed signs of miscarriage of justice. On December 4, a day before a murder convict was to be executed by lethal injection,President Truong Tan Sang had ordered a last-minute reprieve and instructed related agencies to investigate if there had been a wrongful conviction. In a country where death sentences are often handed down to those convicted of drug offences and murder, analysts increasingly raise two major questions: Has the death penalty played any role in deterring those crimes? And, in the context of increasingly disturbing media reports about wrongful convictions, how can Vietnam ensure innocent people are not executed? There is a third, possibly more … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam ready to abolish death penalty?
Three transnational drug traffickers face death penalty Following a three-day trial, Nguyen Van Binh, born in 1970, from Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, Le Hoang Hoi (1954, An Giang province) and Tran Dinh Tam (1971, Ho Chi Minh City) were given the death sentence. Four others of the ring Nguyen Tan Duy (1972, Quang Nam province), Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nga (1976, Ca Mau), Truong Quoc Thang (1974, Ho Chi Minh City) and Duong Ngoc Canh (1985, Dong Nai) received the life imprisonment sentence, while eight others were sentenced to from more than 3 years to 30 years behind bars. According to the indictment, the accused together formed a trans-national drug trafficking ring. Some also smuggled military weapons from Cambodia to sell in Vietnam. Nguyen Van Binh trafficked 4,605 grams of heroin and 10.15 grams of synthetic drugs, while Le Hoang Hoi illegally traded 3,817 grams of heroin and 391.35 grams of synthetic drugs, and Tran Dinh Tam smuggled 1,650 grams of heroin. From July 22, 2007 to … [Read more...] about Three transnational drug traffickers face death penalty
Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against six Al-Qaeda detainees on murder and conspiracy charges in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the Pentagon said Monday. The Defense Department called the charges against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-confessed mastermind of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, and five others a "significant milestone." But the move immediately came under fire from human rights groups, rekindling the heated controversy that has dogged the special process that the United States has put in place to try "war on terror" suspects. Adding fuel to the reaction was the CIA's admission only a week ago that waterboarding, a form of simulated drowning widely denounced as torture, was used nearly five years ago in interrogations of Mohammed. In announcing the charges, Brigadier General Thomas Hartmann said the military judge hearing the cases will determine whether the evidence presented is admissible. "There will be … [Read more...] about Death Penalty Sought for 9/11 Conspirators
Police in Ho Chi Minh City have busted a drug ring, detaining two Thai nationals, one of whom was caught carrying 2 kg of cocaine. Meanwhile, another Thai, a former student, saw her death sentence upheld by a court on Wednesday. Police caught 30-year-old Chaimongkol Suracha hiding 2.06 kg of cocaine inside two photo albums on October 1 when she arrived at the city’s Tan Son Nhat Airport from Brazil. … [Read more...] about Two Thais held for drug trafficking, another has death penalty upheld