Australian Sentenced To Death By Firing Squad After One-Day Trial

An Australian man convicted of drug trafficking in Vietnam has been sentenced to death by firing squad.

Tony Manh, of New South Wales, was caught trying to smuggle almost a kilo of heroin out of the country on a plane to Sydney.

Security officers at Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City stopped the 40-year-old as he tried to board a flight in March.

He was found guilty after a one-day trial at the city’s People’s Court, and ordered to pay a 40 million dong (AU $3,755) fine.

The official Vietnam News Agency reported Manh had been paid US $10,000 (AU $12,020) to smuggle the drug into Australia.

A spokesman for Australia’s Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City said a representative had attended the court, but refused to comment on the verdict.

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