Seminar calls for limits on death-penalty crimes (25-10-2008) HA NOI — The death penalty should be abolished for some crimes but not removed entirely as a means of punishment in the country’s legal system, officials said yesterday. A conference titled "Limiting use of the death penalty for some crimes in Viet Nam" was held over two days this week in Ha Noi by the Institute of State and Law (ISL). The goal of the conference was to discuss the current laws related to capital punishment and a proposal by the Ministry of Public Security to abolish use of the death penalty for 12 crimes that can currently be punished by its use. Specific opinions on the issue varied, although all participants agreed that the death penalty could not be entirely abolished from the legal system because of the current social and economic systems in the country. Nguyen Manh Khang from the ISL said that because the death penalty could not be used to re-educate criminals , its use should be limited. … [Read more...] about Seminar calls for limits on death-penalty crimes
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Vietnamese prosecutors recommended the death penalty for 34 of 89 defendants in a major drug smuggling trial in the northern province of Quang Ninh Monday. The 89 defendants, belonging to four related drug smuggling rings, were accused of bringing a total of over 1.47 tons of heroin, 35 kilograms of methamphetamine, and over 323,400 tablets of synthetic drugs from Laos to Vietnam and from Vietnam to China, according to the hearing held by the provincial People's Court. But on Monday, prosecutors from the Supreme People's Procuracy, the country's highest prosecution agency, said extended investigations by Quang Ninh police showed the defendants smuggled in a total 32,000 bricks of heroin weighing 12 tons, online newspaper VnExpress reported. The rings were busted following the arrest of Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, 54, who had been bringing illegal narcotics from Laos to Vietnam since 2006, in April 2012, according to the indictment. Prosecutors said the first ring operated in Laos … [Read more...] about Death penalty sought for 34 of 89 drug smugglers in major Vietnam trial
A general view of the Vietnam National Assembly (Parliament) is seen during the opening ceremony of its 2015 spring session in Hanoi May 20, 2015. Photo: Reuters As legislators in Hanoi weigh removing “war crimes” and “surrendering to the enemy” from Vietnam’s list of capital offenses, ongoing debates at the National Assembly suggest that “corruption” is not among the crimes being considered. Vietnam enacted its first Penal Code in 1985, and did not remove “fraud” from its list of crimes punishable by death until 2009, when the National Assembly – the national legislature -- reduced the number of capital crimes from 29 to 22. More recently, the Ministry of Justice submitted a bill to the house that could cut seven more crimes from that list -- namely robbery, vandalizing equipment and works significant to national security, gross disturbances of public order, surrendering to enemy forces, acts of sabotage, waging invasive … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, death penalty cannot be a remedy for corruption
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 important, question: Is the country really equipped to carry out executions? Minority “Vietnam belongs to an increasingly small minority of countries … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam ready to abolish death penalty?
Fugitive oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh, who fled to Europe, is facing the death penalty for million-dollar losses at State-owned PetroVietnam, while its former Chairman Dinh La Thang may receive 20 years in prison for his poor management, prosecutors said. A file photo of Trinh Xuan ThanhThe Supreme People’s Procuracy on December 26 verified charges against 22 people, most of whom are former executives at the oil giant, for losses racked up at the PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC).Fifty-one-year-old Thanh, former Chairman and CEO of PVC, faces the death penalty for property embezzlement and 20 years in jail for violating State regulations on economic management.He is set to stand trial in Hanoi in January for causing losses of around VND3.2 trillion ($147 million) when he was leading the construction company between 2007 and 2013.He caught media attention in June 2016 when he was a provincial Deputy Chairman, for driving a $230,000 Lexus with a government license … [Read more...] about Fugitive oil executive Trinh Xuan Thanh faces death penalty