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Australian faces death in Vietnam
An Australian man of Vietnamese origin has been sentenced to death for drug trafficking, according to an official in the Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh.

Trinh Huu, 53, was convicted on Monday of smuggling 1.8 kg (4 pounds) of heroin into the south of the country.

The announcement comes just weeks after Australian Nguyen Tuong Van was hanged in Singapore for drugs offences.

The case angered many people in Australia, where the death penalty has been abolished.

Huu was arrested at the Vietnamese-Cambodian border area of Moc Bai in December 2004.

Three Vietnamese accomplices were also arrested - and have been given jail terms ranging from 15 years to life imprisonment, the court official told reporters.

Two other Australians have been sentenced to death for drugs offences in Vietnam this year, and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has recently called on the Vietnamese government to spare them.

Vietnam has some of the toughest drugs laws in the world.

Foreigners are rarely executed, but nationals are not so lucky. More than 40 have faced the firing squad this year.

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