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Vietnam hands death penalty to 30 drug smugglers

Published on Jan 20, 2014 4:07 PM

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam on Monday sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country's largest ever narcotics case involving scores of defendants and nearly two tons of heroin, a judge said.

"This was Vietnam's largest ever trial in terms of defendants, the number of death penalties given out and the amount of heroin involved," presiding judge Ngo Duc told AFP after the verdict was read out in the northern province of Quang Ninh.