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
Wrongly convicted death penalty cases
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?
Old teacher holds free class for border children in An Giang A retired teacher has been offering free classes to poor children of mountainous An Giang Province for 18 years. Nong Na Nuong, 66, lives in a charity house in Vinh Tam Hamlet of Vinh Trung Commune in Tinh Bien District, and gets no pension because she had to quit teaching because of health problems in 1997. She gets support from a relative and her neighbours. But none of that has diminished her passion to teach. “I had worked as a primary teacher for 20 years before opening this free class for local poor children," she said. She teaches Vietnamese language and mathematics, at primary school level, and she attracts 10-15 students -- as many as 20 during summer. “We really admire teacher Nuong for her enthusiasm for education," siad Le Thi Diem, the mother of one of the students. "She refuses any tuition fees even though she has her own economic and health problems." Many of her students are ethnic Kkmer, … [Read more...] about Social News 6/3
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