A state-owned newspaper says a Vietnamese man has been imprisoned for 12 years for trying to bomb and blackmail a luxury hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Youth newspaper says a court in the southern city convicted 22-year-old Vo Anh Tuan in a one-day trial on Friday. The Saturday report says Tuan hid a homemade bomb in the hotel in May then demanded $20,000, hoping to recoup stock trading losses. It says police arrested Tuan when he went to collect the money from a hotel representative.
It says authorities defused the 0.5-kilogram bomb that Tuan said he made using instructions online. Court officials were not available for comment on Saturday