A female prisoner in Vietnam has paid a fellow inmate £1,600 for his semen - which she used to impregnate herself and avoid execution.
Death row convict Nguyen Thi Hue, 42, paid the male inmate at the mixed prison to twice leave his sperm in plastic bags at a mutually agreed hiding place in the jail.
She collected the bags and used a syringe to impregnate herself, thereby forcing authorities to commute her death sentence to one of life imprisonment.
The 27-year-old male inmate, Nguyen Tuan Hung, allegedly gave her the bags in the Quang Ninh province jail sometime in August 2015.
Four guards at the northern Vietnam prison have now been suspended for negligence, the Thanh Nien newspaper reported.
Nguyen - described as 'strangely seductive' - was arrested in 2012 for drug trafficking and sentenced to death in 2014. A court rejected her appeal the same year.
She is now expected to give birth in about two months. Under Vietnamese law, Nguyen will have her death sentence commuted to life imprisonment for having a child under 3 years of age.
Police in Quang Ninh province were not available for comment Tuesday.
In 2007, two prison guards in northern province of Hoa Binh were sentenced for up to five years in prison for abuse of power for allowing a female inmate to get pregnant with a male inmate.
Nguyen was known as The Rose of Fire in prison after she and 28 other defendants were sentenced to death following their convictions for smuggling 32,000 cakes of heroin, according to the Vietnamese news reports.It was reported that the prisoner already had a police record following her arrest at the age of 22, when she was then the mother of two, for heroin tracking. She had evaded arrested for six years but after her court appearance she was sentenced to 48 months in jail.
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