Vietnam Woman Prisoner Gets Pregnant to Escape Death Penalty

Under Vietnamese law, pregnant women can’t be executed


Four Vietnamese prison guards have been suspended for negligence after a detained female drug trafficker became pregnant in an attempt to avoid the death penalty.

Nguyen Thi Hue, 42, is expected to give birth in April after inseminating herself in August 2015 with semen she bought from a fellow inmate at a northern Vietnamese prison, the English-language website of the state-owned Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

Under Vietnamese law, pregnant women or women whose children are younger than three years old cannot be legally executed, only sentenced to life in prison.

Female inmates have exploited this loophole before, Thanh Niensaid. In 2007, a drug smuggler gave birth on death row after having sex with another inmate. She avoided the death penalty; two corrections officers were jailed for permitting the intercourse to take place.

In a similar case in 2007, two corrections officers in Hoa Binh Province were jailed after letting a woman on death row have sex with a male inmate and become pregnant.
The woman, Nguyen Thi Oanh, had been sentenced to death for drug smuggling. She gave birth to a boy in March 2007 and managed to avoid the sentence.
– more at Thanhnein
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