Vietnam sentences heroin traffickers to death: report

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/12/01/2107052.htm?section=justin

The Vietnamese Government says 12 people have been sentenced to death after being found guilty of trafficking more than 70 kilograms of heroin.

The ruling Communist Party’s daily newspaper, Nhan Dan, says another eight people got life sentences, while nine more were given jails terms of 18 months to 30 years.

The defendants, several of whom were related, were convicted of trafficking the heroin from several northern provinces between 2005 and May 2006.

Judges in the five-day trial in the northern province of Quang Ninh also handed life prison terms to eight others, while another nine members of the same gang were jailed for between 18 months and 30 years, newspaper said.

On Thursday, 15 people were sentenced to death for drug trafficking in two different trials in Hanoi and the central province of Nghe An. Another 10 were jailed for life.

Possession of more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 20 kilograms of opium is punishable by death in Vietnam.

At least 90 people have been sentenced to death since the start of the year, mostly for drug trafficking and murder, according to figures compiled by AFP from officials and state media.

AFP

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