SOUTH AFRICAN MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY VIETNAMESE COURT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

PRETORIA– A South African man has been sentenced to death in Vietnam for drug trafficking.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco), which confirmed this here Wednesday, has, however, withheld the man’s identity. A local newspaper identified him as Tyron Lee Coetzee.

The man was found guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine.

Dirco said it was rendering consular support to the man’s family and it would take the lead from him with regard to the possibility of appealing the sentence.

Coetzee told investigators he was hired by a Nigerian man to transport the cocaine for 3,500 US dollars and that he would be paid after his arrival in Vietnam, a country where trafficking 100 grammes or more of heroin or cocaine is punishable by death.

Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Lindiwe Sisulu says there are 800 South Africans currently in foreign jails, many for drug-related charges.

She appealed to South Africans to familiarise themselves with the legal and cultural practices of the countries they visit and warned against taking part in any unlawful activities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

SOUTH AFRICAN MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY VIETNAMESE COURT FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

PRETORIA– A South African man has been sentenced to death in Vietnam for drug trafficking.

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco), which confirmed this here Wednesday, has, however, withheld the man’s identity. A local newspaper identified him as Tyron Lee Coetzee.

The man was found guilty of trafficking nearly 1.5 kilogrammes of cocaine.

Dirco said it was rendering consular support to the man’s family and it would take the lead from him with regard to the possibility of appealing the sentence.

Coetzee told investigators he was hired by a Nigerian man to transport the cocaine for 3,500 US dollars and that he would be paid after his arrival in Vietnam, a country where trafficking 100 grammes or more of heroin or cocaine is punishable by death.

Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Lindiwe Sisulu says there are 800 South Africans currently in foreign jails, many for drug-related charges.

She appealed to South Africans to familiarise themselves with the legal and cultural practices of the countries they visit and warned against taking part in any unlawful activities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK