FA198 - 23 December 2002
Death Sentence Upheld on Le My Linh
I am disappointed that on 23 December the People's Supreme Court
in Ho Chi Minh City upheld the death sentence imposed on Australian
citizen, Le My Linh, following her conviction for 'transporting'
Ms Le has seven days to lodge a request for Presidential clemency.
The Australian Government will support her application for clemency,
and will continue to make vigorous representations to Vietnamese
authorities on Ms Le's behalf.
I wrote to my Vietnamese counterpart, Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy
Nien, on 28 August this year following the imposition of this sentence.
I also called in the Vietnamese Ambassador to express our opposition
to the death sentence.
I am personally writing to him again underscoring the Australian
Government's support for clemency for Ms Le.
Australia is universally and consistently opposed to capital punishment.
The Government has made its opposition to the death penalty clear
to the Vietnamese authorities in the lead-up to Ms Le's trial and
appeal, and will continue to do so.
Our opposition and concern about this sentence does not diminish
Australia's respect for Vietnam's sovereign rights, nor our continued
support for firm penalties against drug trafficking offences.
Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) +61 02 6277 7500 / Lyndall
Sachs (Departmental) +61 02 6261 1555
Tuesday, 07-Jan-2014 10:27:53 EST