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Vietnamese crime boss executed by firing squad

Vietnamese mafia boss Nam Cam and four others have been executed by a firing squad, following a corruption scandal that exposed links between organised crime and the communist government.

Nam Cam, also known as Truong Van Cam, was found guilty last June of ordering the assassination of a rival underworld figure and bribing state officials to protect his criminal network.

He was handed two death sentences.

An appeal against the conviction was rejected and a bid for presidential clemency was turned down.

Nam Cam ran gambling dens, restaurants, brothels and protection rackets in Ho Chi Minh City until he was arrested in December 2001.

03/06/2004 22:47:40 | ABC Radio Australia News

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