Vietnam court upholds 6-year sentence for Chinese weapon smuggler

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Chinese man Lian Shao Ming, 39, at a courtroom in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. Photo credit: Tien Phong Chinese man Lian Shao Ming, 39, at a courtroom in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday. Photo credit: Tien Phong

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An appeals court in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday upheld a six-year jail term against a Chinese man who was convicted last year for illegally bringing two pistols and 200 cartridges from Cambodia into Vietnam.
Lian Shao Ming of Shangdong, China, was trying to appeal the sentence handed down by a lower court in late 2015. 
Ming, 39, who had been wanted in his country for murder allegations, was arrested in March last year with the illegal weapons. 
He reportedly went to Cambodia the previous day and met a local man who offered to sell him two pistols for US$1,000 each and the cartridges for $400.
The man then hired a xe om motorbike taxi driver to carry the weapons across the border.
Investigators suspected that Ming killed a person in Guangdong in 2001. He fled to Vietnam through Lang Son Border Gate to avoid the investigation.
He then moved to Ho Chi Minh City, bought a fake ID card under a Vietnamese name and stayed in District 9. 

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