Next hearing of Doan Thi Huong set on October 2

The Shah Alam High Court of Malaysia announced on July 28 that the trial of Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah, the suspects in the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen Kim Chol, will last for 23 days, till the end of this November.  The announcement was made after the first trial of the Shah Alam High Court concluded.  Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong is taken to court Judge Azmi Ariffin who chaired the trial said the next hearings will be from October 2-5, 9-10, 24-26, and November 6-9, 13-16, and 27-30, adding that defendants could enter their plea from the October 2 hearing.  As scheduled, the court will summon 30 witnesses and 10 specialists to the hearings.  On July 28, the two suspects wore bullet-proof coats and were taken to the court under tight protection of security forces.  Under the direction of Viet Nam's Foreign Ministry, the  embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia will continue working closely with Vietnamese agencies concerned and Malaysian lawyers defending Huong to ensure the trial is fair and objective and Huong's legitimate interests are protected. Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysia said he was poisoned, but the DPRK insisted that he died of a heart attack, plus high blood pressure and diabetes.  At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied and said that they were cheated to take…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Shah Alam High Court of Malaysia announced on July 28 that the trial of Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah, the suspects in the murder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen Kim Chol, will last for 23 days, until the end of this November. The announcement was made after the first trial of the Shah Alam High Court was concluded. Judge Azmi Ariffin, who chaired the trial, said that the next hearings will be from October 2-5, 9-10, 24-26 and November 6-9, 13-16 and 27-30, adding that the defendants could enter their plea from the October 2 hearing. As scheduled, the court will summon 30 witnesses and 10 specialists to the hearings. On July 28, the two suspects wore bullet-proof jackets and were taken to the court under close protection of security forces. Under the direction of Viet Nam's Foreign Ministry, the embassy of Vietnam in Malaysia will continue working closely with the Vietnamese agencies concerned and the Malaysian lawyers defending Huong, to ensure the trial is fair and objective and that Huong's legitimate interests are protected. Kim Chol, as named in his passport, died at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13. Malaysian officials claim he was poisoned, but the DPRK insist that he died of a heart attack, combined with high blood pressure and diabetes. At the court hearing on March 1, the two women were charged with murder but they denied the charge and said that they were…... [read more]

The Vietnamese and Malaysian suspects could face the death penalty if convicted. Malaysia will begin on October 2 the trial of two women accused of the dramatic killing of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, the High Court said on Friday. Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, are charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13 by smearing his face with VX, a chemical the United Nations describes as a weapon of mass destruction. Appearing at the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, both women were handcuffed and wearing bullet-proof vests over Malay traditional costume, consisting of a floor-length skirt and a blouse. "We will start in October," said Judge Azmi Ariffin. "The hearing has been fixed for the second." Both cases would be tried jointly, with pleas taken at the first hearing, he added. If convicted, the women could face the death penalty. Doan smiled during the hearing, but Siti Aisyah was in tears afterwards, with her lawyers seen trying to calm her. Defence lawyers have warned previously that they feared "trial by ambush", with police not sharing evidence. Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said the prosecution had given a further 33 documents and CCTV recordings to the defence, and would call between 30 and 40 witnesses, depending on the progress of the trial. "Having seen the CCTV recordings, I hope the judge will have a better understanding of how the…... [read more]

Chau won a bronze medal in the men’s 58kg event at the 2012 Asian Taekwondo Championships, which concluded in Ho Chi Minh City on May 11. In the women’s 67kg event, Linh failed to proceed after losing 1-5 to Hwang Kyung Seon from the RoK in the first match. Earlier, on May 9, Doan Thi Huong Giang clinched a silver medal in the women’s 49kg event. Her teammate, Nguyen Thanh Thao, who bagged a bronze medal at the 26th SEA Games, earned another bronze medal in the women’s 62kg event. Vietnam placed second in Taekwondo Championships Vietnam to host Asian Taekwondo champs... [read more]

• Martial artist won gold medal at Asian Champs The event will attract 34 teams from Brazil, Colombia, France, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Canada, Ecuador and the host, Vietnam. Colonel Nguyen Van Luan said the organising board has so far received registrations from 227 athletes to take part in the tournament, many of which have gained exceptional achievements in national and international taekwondo championships previously. Athletes will compete in demonstration and combat stages within the event. The Federation of Martial Arts of the Vietnam People's Army has selected 34 best athletes and 4 coaches for the tournament. Among them are many athletes who have been awarded medals internationally, such as Nguyen Thi Thuy Ngan, Cao Thi Kim Chi, Nguyen Kim Long and Doan Thi Huong Giang.... [read more]

The tournament, the 9th of its kind, involves 200 officials, coaches, and martial artists representing 17 French-speaking nations across Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. Vietnam is aiming to win at least one or two gold medals at the tournament. The event offers the Vietnamese national Taekwondo team a chance to prepare for the 27th SEA Games. The team includes key martial artists like Nguyen Quoc Cuong (58kg), Le Huynh Chau (68kg), Nguyen Van Son (80kg), Nguyen Trong Cuong (>80kg), Doan Thi Huong Giang (49kg), Nguyen Ha Thanh (57kg), Nguyen Thi Hien (67kg), and Ha Thi Nguyen (67kg). The Vietnamese artist recently completed a two-week training programme in France. The tournament is part of the 2013 France Year in Vietnam which encompasses a series of cultural, sporting, and tourism activities commemorating International Francophonie Day and the 40th anniversary of French-Vietnamese diplomatic ties. As well as the Taekwondo championships, a Vovinam (traditional Vietnamese martial arts) Day in France and the football-based "En Avent de Guingamp” are also planned.... [read more]

The squad’s female athletes are Doan Thi Huong Giang (49kg division), Truong Thi Nho (53kg division), Lam Thi Ha Thanh (57kg division), and Pham Thi Thu Hien (62kg division). Nguyen Huu Nhan (54kg division), Duong Quang Huy (58kg division), Le Huynh Chau (63kg division) and Phan Trung Duc (68kg division) will represent Vietnam in tournament’s men’s competition. Le Huynh Chau bears the nation’s best medal hopes following his 2012 London Olympic Games qualification and his bronze medal victory at the 2012 Asian Taekwondo Championships. The July 15-21 tournament has attracted 872 martial artists from 134 countries and territories around the globe.... [read more]

The pump attendants at some filling stations in Ho Chi Minh City are in fact skillful con artists capable of short-changing customers in just the blink of an eye, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper journalists going undercover as motorbike riders reported. The pump attendants at some filling stations in Ho Chi Minh City are in fact skillful con artists capable of short-changing customers in just the blink of an eye, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper journalists going undercover as motorbike riders reported. Dishonest employees at the gas stations used to manipulate the pump gauges while serving drivers to cheat them, but such a trick has grown outdated, replaced by a brand new one. Nguyen Dac Hoang Long, 19, who works at Filling Station No.1 at 220 National Highway 13 in Ward 26, Binh Thanh District, said the trendy trick now is to “perform magic” with the change before giving the money to customers. Magic-like trick According to videos filmed by the undercover Tuoi Tre reporters, three attendants at the venue, including Long, Tran Phuoc and one unnamed man, would short-change a number of customers on a daily basis using their ‘magical hands.’ When returning the change to drivers, the con artists would count the banknotes slowly, but would secretly keep the last bill with their concealed fingers when they actually hand the money to the customers. The trick works best when a customer pays a VND500,000 (US$22.32) bill for VND50,000 worth of gasoline. The dishonest pump attendants would count four VND100,000 ($4.46)…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) - Viet Nam won two more bronze medals in the women's boxing event at the ongoing Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea yesterday. Le Thi Bang lost to Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte of India 0-3 in the women's flyweight (48-51kg) semi-final to take the bronze medal. In the women's lightweight (57-60kg) semi-final, Luu Thi Duyen quickly lost to Chinese player Yin Junhua 3-0. Taekwondo martial artists also played unsuccessfully yesterday. Three players were ousted from the qualifying round. Nguyen Trong Cuong and Duong Thanh Tam were defeated by competitors from South Korea and Iran, respectively. Veteran Doan Thi Huong Giang also lost to Levita Ronna of Laos 1-3. Nguyen Thanh Thao lost to Chinese Taipei's Huang Yun Wen 13-5 in the quarter-finals. Vietnamese runner Vu Thi Huong secured a place in the women's 200m final yesterday. Running in Heat 3, Huong, known as the sprinting queen of Southeast Asia, finished in third place and qualified for the final based on her time. Apart from the second final in ASIAD, Huong, 28, also scored her season's best with a time of 23.57 seconds. In the final race, to be held today, Huong will face rivals from Kazakhstan, Iran, Japan, China and Sri Lanka. Japanese Chisato Fukushima is the defending champion, while Huong is the silver medallist. Huong failed to protect her third-place position in the 100m race on Sunday, ranking fifth in the final. After 11 days, Viet Nam won 32 medals to rank 20th out of 33…... [read more]

HCM CITY (VNS) - Viet Nam stands a good opportunity to improve its record haul of 33 medals four years ago as the team prepares to take part in the continent's biggest sporting event, the Asian Games, which officially opened yesterday with a dazzling opening ceremony in Incheon, South Korea. Viet Nam is sending a lesser contingent of 199 athletes (the country sent 260 athletes in 2010) to compete in only 21 sports instead of 26 sports four years ago in China's Guangzhou, but the country is expected to outdo its performance, at least in terms of gold medals. Viet Nam News takes a look at which athletes are likely to add to the country's medal tally over the next two weeks. The highest hope for gold medals lies in swimming with female star Nguyen Thi Anh Vien, who has won numerous medals in swimming competitions at all levels except for the Asian Games and Olympic Games. The Asian Games in Incheon will be an excellent occasion for the 17-year-old to make history by becoming the first Vietnamese swimmer to win a medal in the history of the event. Last month, Vien was the first Vietnamese to win a gold medal at the Summer Youth Olympics, which took place in Nanjing, China. Vien finished her favourite 200m individual medley event at Nanjing with a time of 2:12.66, faster than the bronze medallist at the 2010 Asian Games. Vien, who has won five gold medals at a single Southeast Asian Swimming…... [read more]




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