Death penalty upheld for Ho Chi Minh City party honcho killers

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An appeal hearing by the People's Supreme Court Monday upheld death sentences for two men convicted of killing a senior Party district official in Ho Chi Minh City last September.

 

The board of judges at the second trial, held in response to appeals for lighter punishment made by Nguyen Trong Nhan and Luong Hoai Sang, said that the crime was premeditated, using dangerous weapons.

 

In April, Nhan, 31, and Sang, 20 had been awarded the death penalty by the HCMC People's Court.

 

According to the hearing, on September 20 last year, Nhan and Sang came to the house of 52- year-old Bui Ngo Thi My, chief of Phu Nhuan District's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, to ask her to stop reprimanding Nhan's wife and not to sack her as she had threatened.

 

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Nhan brought weapons with him, planning to kill My if she refused his request, the prosecution asserted.

 

When My refused to accede to Nhan's demand that she leave his wife alone, she was badly beaten up along with her daughter, who tried to intervene.

 

Dang Thi Thu Hong, 47, deputy chief of the Phu Nhuan District Party Unit,  happened to visit My's house on Huynh Van Banh Street at that time, whereupon she was also attacked, and received fatal stab wounds.

 

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