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. Mr. Tran Van Them 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 … [Read more...] about Prisoner under death penalty cleared of charges after 46 years
Wrongfully convicted death penalty
In a last-minute decision, a court in the Mekong Delta province of Long An on Thursday halted the lethal injection of a 29-year-old man for a grisly murder of two local women after his dogged mother has relentlessly appealed to high places. Ho Duy Hai is set for lethal injection Friday. In an appeal sent to the Long An’s People’s Court on Thursday morning, his family called for the delay in the execution, saying more time was needed to prove his innocence. Le Quang Hung, the provincial deputy chief justice, told Thanh Nien News the court agreed to shelve the lethal injection after getting the approval from the Supreme People’s Court. Central authorities said late Thursday that President Truong Tan Sang ordered the delay. Hai’s mother, Nguyen Thi Loan, said she has sent stacks of documents to appeal to a raft of agencies concerned in Hanoi over the past six years. In April 2009, a court of appeals in Ho Chi Minh City upheld the death sentence against Hai, who … [Read more...] about Vietnam court halts execution of murder convict amid allegation of miscarriage of justice
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?
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
VietNamNet Bridge - Many people who were living in peace have been suddenly sullied on the Internet, accused of crimes of theft or kidnapping. Ms. Nguyen Thi Nga and Ms. Ho Thi Tuyet Trinh, the victims of facebook rumors. In early January 2016, the Facebook page of a man named V.C.C posted a photo of two middle-aged women who were smoking with the caption: "These are Chinese child kidnappers. Please tell the police if you see them. Be careful!" Within hours, the information spread very quickly. The two women who were called “child kidnappers” were Ms. Nguyen Thi Nga, 51 and Ms. Ho Thi Tuyet Trinh, 47, residents in Ward 1, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Nga said on December 30, 2015, she and several women attended a party in District 8. During the party, a 9 year old child shot a picture of Nga and Trinh. The next day, the child's mother posted the photo on her Facebook page with the caption for fun. The joke was quickly shared by many Facebookers, who "embellished" it … [Read more...] about Facebook rumours affect reputations of innocent people