Vietnam sentences 5 to death for drug trafficking

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Associated Press

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 14 at 1:04 AM

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in central Vietnam has sentenced five people including four women to death and another to life in prison for trafficking heroin from neighboring Laos.

The Thanh Nien newspaper reported that the court in Nghe An province on Friday convicted the six of trafficking 89 kilograms (196 pounds) of heroin between March and July last year, when the ring was uncovered.

Court officials were not available for comment Saturday.

In 2011, the Communist country decided to switch from firing squads to lethal injection on humanitarian grounds, but only seven convicts have been executed since August as Vietnam struggled to obtain needed chemicals.

There are currently nearly 700 people on the death row in Vietnam.

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