Nikolaenko Galina, 26, wept and pleaded for mercy as she was sentenced Thursday, saying she was fooled into drug trafficking. A Thanh Nien report said that Galina was detained in January by HCMC police and customs department officials with about 688 grams of ecstasy in a box she was carrying. Galina said a foreign man offered her VND1 million ($43) to take the box, delivered from Germany, from a postal office in HCMC’s District 2 and place it next to a trash can in front of an unnamed restaurant on the Nguyen Hue walking street. The man did not specify what was inside the box. However, Galina could not get the box because the receiver’s name on it wasn’t hers. On January 17, she asked a Vietnamese interpreter to go with her and help her fill out the forms to receive the box. Once she’s signed to receive the box and affirm her responsibility for it, authorities caught her as she was walking towards her vehicle. Galina said she’d met the foreign man in a … [Read more...] about Russian woman gets 18 years in jail for drug trafficking in Vietnam
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Three transnational drug traffickers face death penalty The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on September 25 sentenced three members of a drug trafficking ring to death. 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 … [Read more...] about Three transnational drug traffickers face death penalty
A Vietnamese woman was among six drug convicts executed by a firing squad in Indonesia on Sunday morning. Tran Thi Bich Hanh, 37, was shot in Boyolali, Central Java, while the other five on Nusakambangan Island, the Jakarta Post reported. Tony Spontana, Attorney General’s Office spokesman, told the newspaper that one of Hanh’s death wishes was not to be handcuffed during the execution. The Jakarta Globe reported earlier that she wished to be killed in her home country. Hanh was sentenced to death in November 22, 2011 for smuggling drugs into Indonesia in nine different cases. She was arrested at Adi Soemarmo in Boyolali while carrying 1.1 kilograms of methamphetamine in her body. The other convicts were four men from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria and the Netherlands, and an Indonesian woman who were convicted between 2000 and 2004. Their bodies would be buried or cremated depending on the requests of their families or their embassies in Jakarta. It’s not clear what is … [Read more...] about Indonesia executes Vietnamese woman convicted of drug trafficking
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?
by Nhu Hoa After the celebration that followed the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death the political analysis began and one thing seems clear: bin Laden's death is not a breakthrough in the fight against terrorism around the world. Former US Vice President Dick Cheney, a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's anti-terror policy since the end of the Bush administration, said that though the death of bin Laden was an important step, it didn't end the fight against the terrorism that culminated in the catastrophic events of 9/11. "Al-Qaeda remains a dangerous enemy," Cheney said. "Though bin Laden is dead, the war goes on." Al-Qaeda, while confirming the death of its leader bin Laden, vowed the jihadist (holy war) network would live on. "What is coming is greater and worse and what is awaiting you is more intense and harmful," the group said in a statement. The final audio tape that bin Laden recorded before being killed by American commandos warned: "America will not be able to … [Read more...] about Bin Laden’s death is no game changer