A 73-year-old Australian woman has been sentenced to death in Vietnam

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A 73-year-old Vietnam-born Australian woman has been sentenced to death in Vietnam for trafficking heroin hidden in bars of soap.

Local state-run media outlets are reporting that the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court found Nguyen Thi Huong guilty of possessing 2.8 kilograms of heroin disguised in soap.

The drugs were allegedly found in her baggage as she was boarding a flight to Australia in December 2014.

Huong claimed the soap was given to her by a woman named Helen and she had intended take them back to Australia as gifts but was not aware of what they contained.

When Huong failed to prove to authorities that Helen was real, the court found her guilty and sentenced her to death by lethal injection.

Australia’s department of foreign affairs and trade is concerned about the news and will continue to provide consular assistance and support to the woman and her family.

Huong has just over two weeks to appeal the verdict.

Here’s an image of Huong leaving the court following the decision.