HA NOI (VNS) — Bac Ninh Province's People's Court today sentenced Nguyen Van Hoan, 50, to life imprisonment for possessing and trafficking heroin, unlawful detention and causing social disorder.
According to the indictment, police arrested Hoan in June, 2012, for unlawful detaining a man who borrowed money from him and causing social disorder.
While searching his house, they allegedly found 305 grams of heroin and methamphetamines, weapons and equipment for making heroin.
In May, 2012, Hoan and his accomplices are said to have illegally seized Hoang Van Hai in an attempt to make him pay the money he borrowed from Hoan.
In April, 2014, the court tried Hoan and seven other accomplices. Hoan was sentenced to death for drug possession and trafficking and the rest charges.
At an appeal trial court in October, 2014, Hoan's lawyer asked for the death sentence to be repealed because he claimed the court was unsure if Hoan had possessed the heroin.
The appeal court annulled the extreme sentence, but upheld the rest, giving Hoan 21 years in jail.
At today's trial, Hoan, again denied he possessed the drugs found at his house, saying they belonged to Bui Quang Son, who is wanted by the police. However, Hoan admitted some responsibiliuty because the drugs were found in his house.
The judges replied that it was unreasonable to think that Hoan didn't know about the drugs. The court then handed down a life sentence to him for illegal possession of about 168 grams of heroin. He was also fined VND150 million (US$6,900). — VNS