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Vietnam sentences SA man to death for drugs

A court in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City sentenced a South African man to death after finding him guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5kg of cocaine.

The Ho Chi Minh City Law newspaper said Tyron Lee Coetzee was convicted in a half-day trial.

It said Lee was arrested in June 2016 upon arriving at the city’s Tan Son Nhat international airport after officials found the drug in his bag.

Lee told investigators that he was hired by a Nigerian man to transport the drug for $3 500 which would be paid after his arrival in Vietnam, it said.

Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Trafficking 100g or more of heroin or cocaine is punishable by death.