VIETNAM: FILIPINA DRUG MULE SENTENCED TO DEATH
|Vietnamese government officials inspect heroin before its destroyed
October 31, 2012: Vietnam sentenced a 61-year-old Filipina to death after she was caught smuggling the illegal drug methamphetamine into the country.
Amodia Teresita Palacio was arrested for possession of more than 5 kg (11 lbs) of the drug in April at a Hanoi airport, a court clerk told AFP.
She was found guilty of repeatedly entering the country from Thailand to smuggle drugs, the clerk said following the trial.
Communist Vietnam's drug laws are among the toughest in the world and anyone found guilty of possessing more than around half a kilogramme of heroin faces the death penalty.
At present, there are more than 400 prisoners on death row in the country, mostly for cases involving drugs or murder, but executions have declined in recent years.
Since July 2011, when Vietnam replaced execution by firing squad to lethal injection, no prisoners have been put to death as the country failed to import the lethal drugs needed to carry out the penalty.
Forty-three people have received death sentences since the start of this year, mainly for murder and drug charges. (Sources: AFP, 31/10/2012)