HANOI, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- People's Procuracy in Vietnam's capital Hanoi said Wednesday that it has just finished an indictment to prosecute two Japanese citizens for smuggling seven gold statues.

The two Japanese men were both prosecuted for smuggling via Vietnam's northern Noi Bai International Airport, reported the state-run news agency VNA on Wednesday.

According to Vietnamese law, the two men can face punishment of 20 years imprisonment or life sentence.

The two men were planning to buy gold products in Vietnam and sell in Japan to make profit.

On Aug. 3, 2016, local customs authorities at the airport detected that one of the men brought seven gold statues without customs declaration procedures.

The statues, with total weight of 6.794 kg worth nearly 6.75 billion Vietnamese dong (302,644 U.S. dollars), were later seized for investigation.