August 2002 |
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A female Vietnamese born Australian citizen found to be in possession of 881.8 grams of heroin and 10 packages of addictive medicines, was sentenced to death by firing squad. A few months later, prompted by the "traditions of humanism and the fine relationship between Vietnam and Australia", president Tran Duc Luong granted clemency and reduced her sentence to life imprisonment. In Vietnam, anyone found in possession of 300 grams or more of heroin, or 10 kilograms or more of opium, faces the death penalty. During the previous year (2001) a total of 55 people have been executed by firing squad on drug-related charges.