VNHRN PROTESTS AGAINST THE VIETNAMESE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION REGARDING THE DEATH PENALTY TO MR. HO DUY HAI ON MAY 08, 2020
On May 8, 2020, the Supreme People's Court of Vietnam, during a cassation trial, rejected the Supreme People's Procuracy's appeal regarding Ho Duy Hai's accusation of killing two female postal employees at the Cau Voi post office in Long An province in January 2008.
The trial panel of 17 members, chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme People's Court Nguyen Hoa Binh, decided that the Procuracy's request to reexamine the crime scene to determine evidence of crime is unnecessary, and maintained the death sentence handed by lower courts.
Vietnam Human Rights Network recognizes that the cassation review decision is completely wrong because:
- Case files are obscure at all stages of the criminal case: investigation, prosecution, and trial;
- The agencies conducting legal proceedings have seriously violated the proceedings on witnesses and material evidence;
- The accusation was based solely on self confession under duress, which was subsequently retracted by the defendant.
Many international human rights organizations and the world public have urged Vietnam to withdraw the death sentence against Mr. Ho Duy Hai.
For these reasons, Vietnam Human Rights Network
- Strongly protests against the inhuman and illegal decision of the cassation review;
- Requests the government of Vietnam to abide by the international human rights agreements, especially the right to trial by an independent tribunal and by impartial judges, that Vietnam has committed to respect; specifically, to cancel the death sentence for Mr. Ho Duy Hai, and consider a thorough and impartial investigation of the case.
Made on May 09, 2010