Dimitar Tsankov Hristov (32) and offender Kolin Krasimirov Kolev (28) were sentenced to 7 and 5 years in prison respectively by the High People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City for using computer networks, telecommunications networks, internet networks or digital technology to perform acts of illegally appropriating property, according to appellate criminal judgment No. 190/2017 / HSPT dated April 25, 2017, which says the imprisonment starts from May 1, 2016. After being sent to the Thu Duc Prison in Binh Thuan Province, the offenders have filed petitions to the MPS of Vietnam and the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Vietnam requesting to serve their sentences in their home country. The MPS has cooperated with the competent authorities of Vietnam to conduct the procedures to transfer the prisoners to the Bulgarian side. Since there Vietnam and Bulgaria have not yet signed a deal on transfer of sentenced persons, the transfer of these prisoners was carried out on principle of reciprocity in international relations.
At the transfer reception, representatives of the MPS of Vietnam asked the Bulgarian authorities to create the favour able conditions for the prisoners, ensure their legal rights and benefits and enjoy the leniency under the Bulgarian laws, and regularly report the situation of the offenders to the MPS.
The Bulgarian officials thanked the MPS of Vietnam for their supports and appreciated how the Vietnamese authorities had guaranteed legitimate rights and interests of Bulgarian expats in Vietnam, including those violating the Vietnamese laws.
The successful transfer of the two prisoners has demonstrated the humanitarian policy of the Party and State of Vietnam, saying that Vietnam always respects and protects human rights, especially the rights of convicted persons.