Hanoi woman gets 2 years in jail for stealing ambassador's bag

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Nguyen Thi Thu Trang sits at in a courtroom in Hanoi Monday. Nguyen Thi Thu Trang sits at in a courtroom in Hanoi Monday.

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(CORRECTION: In an earlier report, we mistakenly said that the husband of the convict offered to compensate to the ambassador the amount of money that she had stolen from him, but the ambassador refused to accept.
In fact, the husband handed over the money to the police. When the police returned the money to Ambassador Zhumakhanov, he asked them to send it to orphanages.)
A woman who was caught stealing from the Kazakh ambassador in Hanoi in July has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment by a court of Hanoi today.
Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, 27, was convicted of stealing an iPhone 5, VND2.6 million and US$32 from Beketzhan Zhumakhanov, Kazakhtan's ambassador to Vietnam, in the Metro Cash&Carry supermarket in Bac Tu Liem Dist. on Jul. 10, according to the People's Court of Hanoi.
According to an indictment heard at the court, after stealing from the ambassador, Trang sold the iPhone and the dollars for a total of VND7 million.
Following a police investigation, Trang was arrested two weeks later. The police could also retrieve the ambassador's iPhone.
When she was in police custody, Trang's husband voluntarily compensated for the buyer of the iPhone. He also handed over to the police the amount of money his wife had taken.
When the police returned the money to Ambassador Zhumakhanov, he asked them to send it to orphanages.

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