VIETNAM: AUSTRALIAN MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HEROIN POSSESSION
June 27, 2014: State-controlled media say a court in southern Vietnam has sentenced an Australian citizen to death for possessing more than 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds) of heroin.
Pham Trung Dung, an Australian of Vietnamese origin, was arrested in May last year when customs officials reportedly found the heroin in his luggage as he was boarding a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia.
The online newspaper VnExpress quoted Dung as telling the court in the one-day trial Friday (June 27) that he was hired by an unidentified man to transport the heroin for 40,000 Australian dollars.
Court officials were not available for comment Friday. (Sources: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 27/06/2014)