Vietnamese-Australian woman sentenced to death in Vietnam for heroin smuggling

By Nguyen Tien, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thi Huong, 73, after a Ho Chi Minh City trial where she received a death sentence for drug smuggling on June 29, 2016. Photo: Nguyen Tien/Thanh Nien Nguyen Thi Huong, 73, after a Ho Chi Minh City trial where she received a death sentence for drug smuggling on June 29, 2016. Photo: Nguyen Tien/Thanh Nien

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A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday sentenced a Vietnamese-Australian woman to death for attempting to smuggle 2.8 kilograms of drugs to Sydney.
Nguyen Thi Huong, 73, was arrested at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in December 2014 with the heroin hidden in soap bars.
Huong said she visited Vietnam the month earlier and a Thai woman in HCMC's neighbor province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau gave her the soaps to carry to Australia.
She said she did not know of the drugs.
The court decided to hold her fully responsible.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 grams of heroin or more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine face the death penalty.
The production or sale of 100 grams of heroin or 300 grams of other illegal narcotics is also punishable by death.

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