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Drug traffickers sentenced to death

A court in southern Vietnam has sentenced five people to death for heroin trafficking.

State-run Tuoi Tre newspaper said the five were convicted in Ho Chi Minh City of trafficking 15lb of heroin from neighbouring Cambodia to Vietnam.

The newspaper said three others received life imprisonment on the same charges at the end of the three-day trial by Ho Chi Minh City People's Court.

The court also handed down jail terms ranging from seven to 20 years against six other defendants.

About 100 people are sentenced to death each year for drug-related offences in Vietnam, where trafficking or possessing 1.3lb of heroin is punishable by death.

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