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June 28 2009 | VIETNAM

Vietnam

Parliament drops death penalty on 8 crimes

 
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Vietnam parliament drops death penalty on 8 crimes

Viet Nam  - 20 June 2009

Vietnam's National Assembly said it has voted in favour of dropping the death penalty on eight crimes, but will keep it for drugs trafficking.

Those convicted of rape, fraud for appropriating property, smuggling, making and trafficking in counterfeit money, using drugs, giving bribes, hijacking or piracy and detroying military weapons will be spared, parliament said in a statement.

The amendments to the Criminal Code passed at the closing day of the parliament's month-long session on Friday will take place from January 1, 2010.

Those already convicted of capital crimes and awaiting the death penalty will have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

Vietnam's police ministry has also proposed a gradual shift from carrying out death sentences by firing squad to lethal injection, in order to cause less pain to the condemned and minimise the psychological effect on executioners.

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