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Vietnam Woman Avoids Death Row After Inmate Helps Impregnate Her

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Prisoners sit waiting for the start of a ceremony to announce their presidential amnesty, at a local jail in the suburbs of Hanoi on August 31, 2015. Vietnam began on August 31 freeing more than 18,200 prisoners to mark its independence day celebrations on September 2, but political activists were excluded from the country's second biggest-ever amnesty. The prisoners to be freed had been sentenced to a range of crimes including murder, drug and people-trafficking and bribery. AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo prison in Hanoi suburb (Credit: Hoang Dinh Nam/Getty)

HANOI, Vietnam — A female inmate in northern Vietnam has saved herself from death row by becoming pregnant.

According to the Thanh Nien News, 42-year-old Nguyen Thi Hue was arrested in 2012 for drug trafficking; she was sentenced to death in 2014 and had her appeal rejected the same year.

Hue allegedly paid around $2,300 to Nguyen Tuan Hung, a 27-year-old male inmate to help her become pregnant. On two occasions in August 2015, Hung put his sperm in a plastic bag and met Hue somewhere in the prison, where she used syringes to inseminate herself.

Hue became pregnant and is expected to give birth in April.

Under Vietnamese law, pregnant women cannot be executed, nor can mothers with children under the age of three years. In those cases, the death penalty is converted to life imprisonment.

Police were not available for comment to Thanh Nien News and it’s not known what, if any, consequences Hung will face.

Four guards at the prison have been suspended for alleged negligence in the case.

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