Vietnamese girl appeals to the Supreme Court of Japan for abandoning her child
Radio NHK On May 7, it was reported that Ms. Le Thi Thuy Linh, 23, is filing an appeal with the Supreme Court of Japan. At the press conference on April 11, Linh affirmed that she “did not hurt, abandon or hide” her twins.
Last July, the Kumamoto District Court convicted Linh of aborting the twin fetuses – her biological children – illegally and failing to perform her funeral obligations.
Ms. Le Thi Thuy Linh (in the left screen) at the press conference on April 11th. Photo: NHK
Previously, in August 2018, Linh worked as an intern at a tangerine farm in Kumamoto Prefecture – Japan. On November 15, 2020, Linh gave birth to 2 babies in her room but was stillborn. The mother then wrapped the babies in towels and put them in a box, wrote down the names of the two children and added: “Rest in peace”.
Linh left the box on the shelf in the room. The next morning, she was taken to the hospital by the supervisor and told that the twins had died and were arrested.
Linh’s lawyer, Ishiguro Hiroki, explained that in most similar trials, the charge of abandonment applies if the body is dumped in a remote place or hidden for a long time. However, according to lawyer Ishiguro, that is not the case for Linh because she was in the same room with the bodies and only kept them for 33 hours.
Two boxes and a piece of paper were found in Linh’s room. Photo: NHK
Linh appealed to the Fukuoka High Court in January this year. The court then overturned the ruling and stated that “the act of keeping the bodies in the room for about 33 hours does not constitute a crime of abandonment” and that “the defendant cannot be charged beyond the time of performing the funeral duty.” ceremony”.
However, the court pointed out that Linh put the box inside another box and then glued the tape to “make it difficult for others to detect the matter”. At the same time, because Linh did not inform the landlord about her pregnancy, the court sentenced her to the crime of “trying to hide the body”.
In response, Linh and her lawyers explained that the use of 2 boxes and adhesive tape was to keep her children “not cold”. The legal team also noted that Linh suffered a physical and mental breakdown after giving birth. “The police and prosecutors did not take into account the difficult situation Linh faced as a technical intern,” said lawyer Ishiguro.
Linh once shared that she did not believe she would be protected and could be fined or even deported for being pregnant and giving birth in Japan. The court found that Linh tried to hide her pregnancy in order to continue working and send money back to her family in Vietnam. She carried a debt of about 1.5 million yen, equivalent to 11,600 USD, when she went to Japan to work.
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