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?
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?