US embassy cable - 01HANOI3245

UPGRADING TERRORISM LAWS

Identifier: 01HANOI3245
Wikileaks: View 01HANOI3245 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2001-12-12 07:22:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PTER PREL KTIA VM CTERR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

120722Z Dec 01

2001HANOI03245 - UNCLASSIFIED
 
 
 
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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 4988
INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY 
UNCLAS HANOI 003245 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FOR DS/ATA, S/CT, L/LEI, IO, AND EAP/BCLTV 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: PTER, PREL, KTIA, VM, CTERR 
SUBJECT:  UPGRADING TERRORISM LAWS 
 
REF:  STATE 210627 
 
1.  ACCORDING TO SOURCES IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY, VIETNAM HAS NO PLANS AT PRESENT 
TO INTRODUCE NEW COUNTER-TERRORISM LEGISLATION OR TO UPGRADE 
EXISTING LEGISLATION.  EMBASSY CONVEYED WILLINGNESS TO BE OF 
ASSISTANCE AND ENCOURAGED THE GVN TO CONSIDER SUCH NEW 
LEGISLATION. 
 
2.  VIETNAM'S PENAL CODE HAS UNDERGONE AT LEAST THREE MAJOR 
REVISIONS IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS TO INCLUDE TERRORISM- 
OFFENSES.  RELEVANT SECTIONS INCLUDE: 
-- ARTICLE 84 (TERRORISM), AUTHORIZING SENTENCES OF BETWEEN 
12 YEARS TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT, OR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, FOR 
THOSE "WHO INTEND TO OPPOSE THE PEOPLE'S ADMINISTRATION AND 
INFRINGE UPON THE LIFE OF OFFICIALS, PUBLIC EMPLOYEES OR 
CITIZENS," 5-15 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR CRIMES "INFRINGING 
UPON PHYSICAL FREEDOM AND/OR HEALTH," 2-7 YEARS FOR 
"THREATENING TO INFRINGE UPON LIFE OR COMMITTING OTHER ACTS 
OF MORAL INTIMIDATION," AS WELL AS UNSPECIFIED PENALTIES FOR 
THOSE "WHO TERRORIZE FOREIGNERS IN ORDER TO CAUSE 
DIFFICULTIES TO THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE SRV"; 
--  ARTICLE 221 (HIJACKING AIRCRAFT, SHIPS), AUTHORIZING 
SENTENCES OF 2-15 YEARS FOR THOSE WHO USE FORCE OR THREATEN 
TO USE FORCE TO HIJACK AIRCRAFT OR SHIPS, WITH EVEN STIFFER 
SENTENCES FOR THOSE WHO DO SO "IN AN ORGANIZED MANNER," OR 
USE WEAPONS, ALONG WITH THOSE WHO INFLICT INJURY OR WHO ARE 
REPEAT OFFENDERS.  CASES CAUSING DEATH CAN LEAD TO SENTENCES 
OF UP TO 20 YEARS OR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT; 
--  ARTICLE 231 (DESTROYING IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY 
WORKS AND/OR FACILITIES), AUTHORIZING SENTENCES OF 3-12 
YEARS FOR THOSE WHO DESTROY WORKS OR FACILITIES RELATED TO 
COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT, INFORMATION, ELECTRICITY, GAS, 
IRRIGATION, OR OTHER AREAS RELATED TO SECURITY, DEFENSE, 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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ECONOMICS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, OR CULTURAL AND SOCIAL 
AFFAIRS.  SENTENCES MAY BE INCREASED TO 10-20 YEARS, LIFE 
IMPRISONMENT, OR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN CASES CARRIED OUT "IN 
AN ORGANIZED MANNER," HAVING "PARTICULARLY SERIOUS" 
CONSEQUENCES, OR INVOLVING REPEAT OFFENDERS. 
PORTER 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 


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