The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP


Media Release

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' heroin.

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


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