Home > News > Regional
Saturday June 28, 2014 MYT 3:32:00 PM
Saturday June 28, 2014 MYT 3:34:33 PM
HANOI: An Australian of Vietnamese origin has been sentenced to death after trying to smuggle four kilograms (8.8 lbs) of heroin out off the country, state media in the communist nation said Saturday.
Pham Trung Dung, 37, was caught with two suitcases containing the drugs at Tan Son Nhat airport in May last year while trying to return to Australia with his wife and children.
Dung told a court in southern Ho Chi Minh City that he had been promised $40,000 by two unidentified men to transport the drugs, an online report by the Tien Phong newspaper said.
Vietnam has some of the world's toughest anti-drug laws. Anyone found guilty of possessing more than 600 grams (20 ounces) of heroin, or more than 20 kilos of opium, can face death.
Earlier this month, six people from a 25-member smuggling gang were handed death sentences for smuggling 620 kilos of heroin and 1,400 ecstasy pills in northern provinces.
In January authorities sentenced 30 smugglers to death in the country's largest ever narcotics case, involving scores of defendants and nearly two tonnes of heroin.
According to media reports and an AFP tally, Vietnam has more than 700 prisoners on death row.
Many have been sentenced for drug offences including dozens of foreigners - although it has been decades since a foreign citizen was executed. -AFP
Tags / Keywords:
Regional, Pham Trung Dung, hang, drug smuggling, vietnam, australia
Vietnam hands death penalty to 30 drug smugglers
Vietnam arrests two Australians for heroin smuggling
Frenchman jailed for 15 years for Bali drug smuggling
Bangladesh top Islamist sentenced to death for arms smuggling
Vietnam shipping execs given death penalty for embezzlement
Japan readies asteroid probe for lift off
Sri Lanka arrests 37 asylum seekers turned back by Australia
British embassy workers killed in Kabul attack
Tibetan tapestry fetches record RM147mil
E-cigarettes have up to 10 times more carcinogens than regular smokes, say Japanese researchers
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Early birds get the free tickets
Youngsters gain valuable insight into basketball
No holidays for cybercriminals
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)