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Vietnamese cops jailed for death row pregnancy ruse

Allowed drug smuggler to get up the duff

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Two Vietnamese police officers who helped a female drug smuggler avoid an appointment with the firing squad by allowing her to get pregnant while on death row have been jailed, AP reports.

Nguyen Thi Oanh, now 40, was convicted of possessing more than one billion dong ($63,000) of heroin and sentenced to death. However, she last year managed to get up the duff, thereby expoiting a law which said that pregnant women and mothers of kids under three could not be executed.

Officers Nguyen Thuyen, 31, and Bui Van Quyet, 23, were found guilty of abusing power while on duty, explained Hoa Binh City Court official Thuy Linh. They admitted accepting a bribe of 1.5m dong (roughly £45) from Oanh's family to let a male inmate "make five unsupervised visits to her cell".

Linh admitted: "It was the most unusual case I have ever seen. Many people came to the trial out of curiosity, just to see what the woman and her baby looked like."

Thuyen got five years for his trouble, while Quyet will serve three-and-a-half years. Oanh, meanwhile, whose sentence was commuted to life, will happily not face the chop when her sprog turns three. ®

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