VIETNAM: LAO SIBLINGS SENTENCED TO DEATH, LIFE FOR SMUGGLING HEROIN
July 12, 2016: A court in the central province of Nghe An handed down a death penalty and a life sentence to two Lao siblings for smuggling 3.7 kilograms of heroin from Laos to Vietnam, VnExpress reported.Â
Xong Ba Tu and Xong Rua Co, as the defendants are called in Vietnamese,Â were reportedly on their knees asking for leniency from the court.Â
Tu, 27, was sentenced to death while Co, 30, got the life sentence.Â
According to the indictment, the duo carried 10 brick-shaped packs containing 3.7 kilograms of heroin and entered Vietnam via Thanh Thuy Border Gate on June 27, 2014. The drugs would beÂ delivered to dealers in Nghe Anâs Thanh Chuong District.Â
The following day, Tu planned to meet a buyer in a forest to deliver the drugs. Co stayed in a motel waiting for another man to come and pay for the drugs.
But when Tu was on the way to the forest, he was stopped by local border guards. He attempted to use a knife to attack the border guards, but was overpowered after a brief fight.
Co was also arrested at the motel.
The duo told the police that two Vietnamese men came to their house in Laos in early June 2014, asking them to bring 10 heroin bricks to Vietnam. The Vietnamese men promised to pay them US$52,000 in total.
The case was tried in April last year butÂ Supreme People's Court in December ordered a fresh investigation to clarify some details. The retrial this week ended with the defendants being found guilty again and the same sentences.Â (Sources: Thanh Nien News, 13/07/2016)