Vietnam considers reducing number of capital crimes Jake Oresick at 9:33 AM ET
[JURIST] Vietnamese Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong on Monday asked the country's National Assembly [official website] to consider reducing the number of crimes subject to the death penalty. Cuongs proposal, which would eliminate the death penalty for crimes like bribery and producing counterfeit drugs, comes in response to strong international criticism of the countrys human rights abuses. Le Thi Thu Ba, chair of the legislatures judicial committee, opposed the plan. The committee cited public health and economic consequences related to the production and smuggling of counterfeit drugs. AP has more. Thanh Nien has local coverage.
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