VIETNAM: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT UPHELD FOR MAN IN LAND DISPUTE KILLING
July 12, 2018:
A court in Ho Chi Minh City upheld the death sentence handed down to a Vietnamese man for killing three people over a land dispute in the Central Highlands' province of Dak Nong in 2016. (Sources: e.vnexpress.net, 13/07/2018)
The court rejected the appeal of Dang Van Hien, 42, with the judges saying that the consequences of his crime were too grave and there was insufficient reason to commute his death sentence.
The judges also rejected appeals filed by families of two of the victims that Hien’s death sentence be commuted.
Hien's two accomplices in the shooting, who got 20 and 12 years in prison, had their sentences reduced to 18 and nine years respectively, while a defendant convicted of helping Hien escape following the shooting had his nine-month prison term reduced to a suspended sentence.