VietNamNet Bridge – On August 9 the Supreme People's Court formally concluded that Mr. Tran Van Them, 81, was wrongfully convicted of murder and given a death sentence46 years ago. At a meeting yesterday, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court Bui Ngoc Hoa said based on records and related documents, relevant agencies had agreed that Them’s half-century case was wrongfully convicted. The judicial agencies are also prepared to officially apologise to Them and compensate him for the losses he suffered due to their mistake. In 1970, Them, a resident in Yen Phu commune, Yen Phong district of Bac Ninh province, was arrested and charged with murder for robbery in a case in Dong Tinh commune in Vinh Phu province. He was sentenced to death in 1973. Specifically, on July 23, 1970, Them and his male cousin went to Vinh Phu Province’s Dong Tinh Commune to buy tram fruit. That night, when the two men were sleeping in a hut, a robber used a hammer to strike them. … [Read more...] about Prisoner under death penalty cleared of charges after 46 years
Wrongly convicted death penalty
Two Indian judges on Monday confirmed the death sentence for the sole surviving gunman of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in which 10 Islamist gunmen laid siege to the city, killing 166 people. An Indian policeman mans a barricade outside the Bombay high court where Mumbai gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was having his appeal heard. … [Read more...] about Death sentence confirmed for Mumbai attacker
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?
Dinh La Thang tells court the pressure for project progress led to him acting unlawfully. Mr. Dinh La Thang was in the dock on January 9 The second day of the trial of 22 executives charged over losses totaling hundreds of millions of dollars at the State oil firm PetroVietnam saw a once-rising political star admit to violating rules in appointing one of the group’s construction subsidiaries as the contractor of a thermal power plant.Dinh La Thang, the first former Politburo member to face trial in decades, told the court that when he was PetroVietnam Chairman he was tasked with directing members to approve its strategic direction, implement Party guidelines and resolutions from the Board of Directors, and sign documents on behalf of the Board.According to Thang, the government permitted PetroVietnam to provide investment and development services, under which the group was entitled to appoint member companies to the group’s portfolios, including turning the … [Read more...] about Ex-HCMC Party Chief cites “impatience” for violations
UNDP to assist with social, legal reforms The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support Viet Nam in creating development policies, focusing on social security, law reform and the capacity to cope with climate change. The assistance will come in the form of policy consultancy and technical assistance. The move is part of the first co-operation programme between Viet Nam, UNDP and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) during the 2012-16 period. It was approved in principle by the Executive Council of UNDP and UNFPA at its four-day regular session ending yesterday in New York. … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 11/9
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 2 -- Two women accused of assassinating the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with a banned nerve agent pleaded not guilty at the start of a high-profile murder trial in a Malaysian court on Monday.Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, a Vietnamese, are charged with killing Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with VX, a chemical poison banned by the United Nations, at Kuala Lumpur's international airport on Feb. 13.Police have also named four North Koreans as suspects in the case and an Interpol red notice, an international alert just short of an arrest warrant, has been issued for the North Koreans, who remain at large.Prosecutors said the four North Koreans helped the accused women carry out several practice runs in Kuala Lumpur shopping malls."The prank practice carried out by the first and second accused with the supervision of the four who are still at large was preparation to see through their common intention to kill the … [Read more...] about Two women, including Vietnamese, plead not guilty to killing N.Korean leader’s half-brother
The driver reportedly told police he bought the drugs in China's border region. Police in the northern province of Thai Nguyen seized 20 kilograms of methamphetamine on Friday after shooting out the tires on a would-be trafficker's car. Three suspects were taken into custody. Police say Dao Van Khanh was driving the vehicle loaded with meth, while two other men served as spotters in a second vehicle. When Khanh saw police on the road ahead, he reportedly made a U-turn and attempted a high-speed escape. Police shot out Khanh's tires and took him into custody where he reportedly confessed to having purchased the drugs in Lang Son Province, which borders China. Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty. The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death. Although … [Read more...] about Cops shoot out drug runner’s tires in northern Vietnam
Justice is long past the days of an eye for an eye as serious crimes tend to be measured by the number of years the culprit is sentenced to jail. The 55 remaining countries that still had capital punishment as of 2016 mostly reserved it for crimes deemed especially grave in nature, according to Amnesty International. Under Vietnam's penal code, those crimes include endangering national security, infringing on people's lives, illicit drugs, corruption and a number of other offenses. Official figures from Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security showed that 429 prisoners were executed between August 2013 and June 2016. Things will change from January 2018 when the new Penal Code takes effect. Robbery, vandalizing equipment and projects vital to national security, opposing order, surrendering to the enemy and the production and trade of fake food will be removed from Vietnam’s list of capital offenses. That will take the country’s number of capital crimes down … [Read more...] about Should Vietnam abolish the death penalty?
An ethnic minority worker harvests latex in Gia Lai Province. While the living standards of ethnic minorities have been improved by National Programme 135, it has not received adequate funding. —VNA/VNS Photo Duong Giang HA NOI (VNS)—Minister-Chairman of the Government Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs Giang Seo Phu yesterday conceded there were shortcomings in implementing National Programme 135 on poverty alleviation. Responding to questions raised by National Assembly deputies, he said funding for the programme was neither sufficient nor disbursed in a timely manner, delaying implementation and undermining effectiveness of the investment. Regarding migration of ethnic minorities, Phu said comprehensive solutions were needed, including job creation and effective communication campaigns. He also said localities affected by the influx or outflow of ethnic minorities should announce their population status and agriculture land-use plans so that people know where … [Read more...] about Ethnic minority poverty alleviation lacks funding