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Vietnam court sentences 7 to death for narcotic transportation

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The People’s Court in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Wednesday sentenced seven people to death for illegally transporting over 45 kilograms of narcotics in 2020.

The death penalty was handed down to Le Duy Linh, Tran Van Thuc, Nguyen Minh Thiet, Huynh Van Ly, Le Van Thanh, Nguyen Van Thai, and Nguyen Trung Hieu.

All were convicted of the illegal transportation of narcotics, though Linh was also found guilty of trading, possession of narcotics, and organization of illegal drug use.

An eighth and ninth individual also present at the trial received a life sentence and 20-year sentence, respectively, for drug-related offenses.

The indictment showed that police in Dong Thap caught Thai transporting 45.3 kilograms of narcotics, including over seven kilograms of heroin, ten kilograms of methamphetamine, 11.3 kilograms of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy, and nearly 17 kilograms of ketamine, at around 10:00 pm on August 15, 2020 to carry out a transaction in Ho Chi Minh City.

Le Duy Linh stands trial before the People’s Court in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, Vietnam, August 3, 2022. Photo: Minh Khang / Tien Phong

Le Duy Linh stands trial before the People’s Court in Dong Thap Province, Vietnam, August 3, 2022. Photo: Minh Khang / Tien Phong

Officers later expanded their investigation and arrested six other suspects.

The final two individuals surrendered themselves.

Police officers raided a hotel room Linh had been renting in Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province and seized 142.564 grams of narcotics.

During the investigation, all of the accused testified that between mid-June 2020 and the time Linh was apprehended, he had coordinated and directed eight other defendants to smuggle drugs through the Vietnam-Cambodia border 13 times, each time carrying 20 to 45 kilograms of narcotics.

Linh earned in excess of VND550 million (US$23,500) and reimbursed his accomplices after the crimes were committed.

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Police probe suspected child abuse case in Vietnam’s Ha Tinh Province

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Police in Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam are investigating a case of suspected child abuse after a video clip spread on social media showed a half-naked man beating a teen girl with nothing on.

In the four-minute clip, the unclothed girl was hung against the ceiling of a house with a string that tied her hands while the man was beating her with a rod.

The video has triggered deep indignation among the online community after it was posted on Friday morning.

The incident took place at a house in Cuong Gian Commune, located in the province’s Nghi Xuan District, as far as Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper had learned.

Hoang Van Ha, chairman of the commune’s administration, confirmed to Tien Phong that the incident occurred in the locality, adding local police have launched an investigation into it.

The girl in the clip is N., 11, and the man beating her is her father, N.V.T., 36, Ha said.

N. is the second child in her family of three siblings and N.’s mother is now a guest worker in Taiwan, according to local authorities.

“The incident happened a few days ago. After the video clip appeared, local authorities and police came to T.’s house for verification but he had left,” Ha said.

T. works as a seaman and often drinks alcohol and beats his children, Ha added.

Local police are continuing to investigate this suspected child abuse case.

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Torrential rain sinks streets, houses in northern Vietnamese province

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Multiple streets and houses in Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam were severely inundated following a heavy downpour on Thursday evening.

The provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and rescue told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Friday that local authorities were dealing with the aftermath of the rain and calculating the total damage it had done.

The downpour that lasted for over an hour started battering Lao Cai City, which is the provincial capital, and several districts in Lao Cai Province at around 8:00 pm on Thursday.

A tree is uprooted during the downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

A tree is uprooted during the downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

Many streets including Tran Phu, Tran Hung Dao, Le Thanh, Nhac Son, An Duong Vuong, and Pho Moi were submerged by rainwater, while numerous cars and motorbikes broke down as well.

Uprooted trees were recorded on Ham Nghi Street and at Goc Mit Market and Thang Binh Park.

Flooding in local neighborhoods occurred quickly, leaving residents little to no time to react.

A resident pushes his motorbike on a flooded street in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

A resident pushes his motorbike on a flooded street in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

Many people reported having their homes, electrical appliances, and motorbikes damaged by the inundation.

Bac Cuong Ward in Lao Cai City suffered the heaviest damage with three neighborhoods sunk by the downpour.

The heavy rain also caused landslides in several areas across the province.

The National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting previously reported that torrential rains would lash northern Vietnam from Thursday until the end of this week.

Houses are submerged by a heavy downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

Houses are submerged by a heavy downpour in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, August 4, 2022. Photo: L.Cai / Tien Phong

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Vietnamese province revamps public bus service after limbless man ignored by drivers

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The Department of Transport of the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An has ordered a revamp of local public bus routes after a limbless man spent two hours repeatedly failing to flag down a bus, apparently because drivers were simply ignoring him.

A viral video posted online on Thursday showed Huynh Thanh Duc, 51, a resident of Ha Tinh Province, telling a local in Hoa Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District, Nghe An Province that he stood at a bus stop waiting for a bus from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Wednesday.

Duc, who is quadruple amputee, was dropped off at the bus stop by his child at around 7:00 am that day to catch bus No. 5 from Yen Thanh to Vinh City, the capital of Nghe An.

Three No. 5 buses passed while Duc and his child waited, but none stopped.

Duc’s child wound up having to leave to attend to an urgent matter, and shortly after a fourth No. 5 bus drove by without stopping for Duc.

A local named D., who filmed the viral video, helped Duc wave a bus down and help him aboard.

The video of the incident draw huge public attention and stirred mixed opinions, mostly criticism.

A video of Huynh Thanh Duc attempting to catch bus No. 5 in Hoa Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam, August 3, 2022. Video: Tien Phong

In their initial response to the incident, the operator of the No. 5 bus route explained that Duc stood a bit too far from the bus stop to be noticed and showed no signs of needing a ride.

However, according to D., it is common for passengers at the stop to wait in the shade of the nearby tree, rather than right at the stop. 

They only run to the bus stop once the bus arrives. 

Unfortunately, Duc was not able to leave the shade for the bus stop due to his disability.

On Thursday afternoon, Nguyen Van Hai, deputy director of the Nghe An Department of Transport, requested that his subordinates revamp service on all public bus routes in the province following the incident.

Nghe An currently has more than 300 buses which run a combined 1,300 trips per day at a frequency of about 15-35 minutes per departure.

Vietnamese law stipulates that priority has to be given to public transport passengers with disabilities, including prioritized seating, free or discounted fares, and assistance with boarding and deboarding.

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