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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Viet Nam to consider reduction in crimes punishable by death

In an effort to make its legal system more in line with international norms, Viet Nam’s National Assembly will vote on eliminating the death penalty for 12 crimes, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing state media.

According to the article, the offenses range “from fraud and bribery to counterfeiting, hijacking and war crimes.”

If the move goes through, it would follow another significant measure nine years ago that cut the number of crimes punishable by death from 44 to 29.

According to state media, Viet Nam handed down 116 death sentences in 2006 and 95 last year.

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