A Vietnamese court has sentenced five people to death for dealing heroin, state media said, lengthening the country’s list of condemned criminals even as it struggles to obtain the chemicals needed to execute them.
Vietnam has not executed anyone since 2011, when it decided to switch from firing squads to lethal injection on humanitarian grounds.
But it has been unable to get the chemicals needed because of an EU ban on its factories exporting drugs used in lethal injections.
The state-run Vietnam News Agency said on Tuesday that three men and two women were convicted on Monday in northern province of Bac Giang for dealing in 78kg of heroin. Four other people were convicted of the same charges last week, and there are currently more than 500 people on death row.