Viet Nam News
HÒA BÌNH — The death penalty was submitted on Thursday by the People’s Procuracy of Hòa Bình Province against 11 defendants for “illegally trading and storing drugs” as part of a massive trans-national heroin trafficking operation.
The case, which involved 23 people, saw 1,415 heroin bars being smuggled.
The 11 death sentences were proposed for Trần Đức Duy, Nguyễn Trung Kiên, Nguyễn Văn Hùng and Nguyễn Thành Nam, as well as Lương Xuân Vững, Chu Văn Hậu, Phạm Văn Mạnh and Vi Văn Tuấn, along with Bế Văn Thắng, Lý Tiến Đông and Triệu Văn Duy
Trần Đức Duy was also charged for allegedly “storing weapons for military use”.
Life imprisonment was proposed for eight other defendants -- Nguyễn Thanh Yên, Đặng Minh Châu, Tô Văn Quốc and Lục Văn Thượng, as well as Ngô Quốc Mạnh, Nông Văn Phương, Đào Xuân Thủy, Vi Văn Nghị.
Twenty years in prison was proposed for three others -- Đàm Văn Quang, Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng and Phạm Văn Quỳnh, while a 24 to 38 month-imprisonment proposal was submitted for Vũ Thị Thu Thảo for “not denouncing criminals.”
According to the indictment, in January 2015, Ministry of Public Security’s Criminal Investigation Police Department caught red-handed Trần Đức Duy, 31, residing in Lương Sơn District of Hòa Bình Province transporting 94 heroin bars, a pistol and seven bullets in Dốc Má area in Hòa Bình Province.
Further investigation found 22 other smugglers involving in the trans-national ring, appropriating VNĐ13 billion (US$578,000) and over CNY700,000 ($101,000)
The court hearing will last 20 days, beginning from February 27. The lawyers’ debate starts from Friday. — VNS