Death row inmate to walk free from HCM City prison (13-10-2007) HCM City — Once facing a death sentence, Nguyen Xuan Ban has spent fifteen years in prison and is about to go free. Life seemed permanently foreclosed to Ban when he was sentenced to death for heroin trafficking, a get-rich-quick scheme followed by endless regret. "Never in my life was I so desperate. Only when facing death did I thirst for life. At that time, I thought that if I have had another chance, I would lead a meaningful life whatever the hardship," Ban said. Fortune smiled upon him on death row when, eight months after being sentenced, former President Le Duc Anh commuted his sentence to life imprisonment due to his lack of knowledge about the law and the fact that this was his first conviction. Ban was moved to Thu Duc Prison at the urging of his family and the encouragement of officials. The facilities there train inmates in a wide range of trades including agriculture, animal husbandry, tailoring, and … [Read more...] about Death row inmate to walk free from HCM City prison
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James Holmes, the suspect in the shooting at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and 58 injured, is to appear in court for the first time as the prosecution begins in one of biggest US mass-murders in years. Holmes, 24, is scheduled for a so-called advisement hearing at 9:30 a.m. local time at the courthouse in Centennial. He is suspected of firing into a crowded theater July 20 during an early morning showing of the new Batman movie. The prosecutor's office said it's considering pursuing the death penalty. Holmes will be advised of his rights and no plea will be entered, said Casimir Spencer, a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office. A judge will set the date for the formal filing of charges at the hearing, which may last only a few minutes. Holmes is being held at the Arapahoe County jail. The rampage was the deadliest shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre in April 1999 and the worst mass shooting in the US since November … [Read more...] about Colorado shooting prosecution to begin with court appearance
President Truong Tan Sang has given agencies concerned a month to investigate whether a young man was wrongly convicted of murdering two local women following his mother’s relentless appeals that led to the last-minute delay in his execution. Sang ordered the People’s Court of the Mekong Delta province of Long An to halt the execution of Ho Duy Hai on Thursday, just a day before the 29-year-old man was scheduled to receive a lethal injection. “I have received an appeal from Nguyen Thi Loan, the mother of death row inmate Ho Duy Hai,” Sang said in a statement. The President ordered the chief justice of the Supreme People's Court and the head of the Supreme's People Procuracy -- Vietnam's highest prosecutors' agency – to review Hai’s case to verify whether he was wrongfully convicted of a grisly double murder in Long An in 2008. The results of the review must be reported by January 4, the statement said. In April 2009, an appeals court in Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...] about Vietnam President orders review of murder conviction to prevent wrongful execution
Eleven art pieces which were made entirely of trash act as a warning about environmental protection. They are on display at Nguyen Dinh Chieu walking road in Hue City. For the occasion of World Environment Day 2010, through works such as this, artists are showing audiences about eleven stories of climate change, environmental pollution, harmful effects of trash and toxic chemicals on human life and difficulties in protecting the environment. A row of “Trash men” made by Tran Huu Nhat and Nguyen Duy Hien The “Trash men” were made of zinc fiber. Some rich men have clothes and some do not “Trash sky” A tank named “Bum bum” A row of plastic bottle trees conveys a message that plastic products are being overused all over the world “Tumor” works describes the story of a deformed tree due to being watered with chemicals Paper cranes put in a frame of tobacco packs. The work represents a fact that living space of children is … [Read more...] about Artistic ‘trash’ pieces
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?