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Drug-smuggling Australian sentenced to death in Vietnam

Published on Jun 28, 2014 5:07 PM

HANOI (AFP) - An Australian of Vietnamese origin has been sentenced to death after trying to smuggle four kilograms of heroin out of the country, state media in the communist nation said Saturday.

Pham Trung Dung, 37, was caught with two suitcases containing the drugs at Tan Son Nhat airport in May last year while trying to return to Australia with his wife and children.

Dung told a court in southern Ho Chi Minh City that he had been promised US$40,000 (S$50,000) by two unidentified men to transport the drugs, an online report by the Tien Phong newspaper said.

Vietnam has some of the world's toughest anti-drug laws. Anyone found guilty of possessing more than 600 grams of heroin, or more than 20 kilos of opium, can face death.

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