After three days of trial, the Haiphong City People’s Court on April 5 handed down jail terms of up to five years to farmers involved in coercive land reclamation in Vinh Quang commune, Tien Lang district, Hai Phong city on charges of “murder and resisting on-duty officials”.
Doan Van Vuon and Doan Van Quy were sentenced to five years in prison each. Doan Van Sinh was sentenced to three years and six months, and Doan Van Ve received two years as stipulated in article 93 of the Penal Code.
Pham Thi Bau and Nguyen Thi Thuong received 18-month and 15-month suspended sentences respectively.
The jury described the defendants' offences as extremely dangerous, risking the lives and health of others and seriously upsetting local order and security.
The jury, however, noted that their crimes were related to land management and use, which has been complicated with some weaknesses and shortcomings on the side of the local authorities.
In his last words, 50 year old peasant Vuon express his gratefulness to the judging Board with the final verdict that showed the Party and State's lenient policy towards him and his relatives.
The jury, however, cited that their crimes are related to land management and use, which is a complex field. The coercive activities and land reclamation have exposed weaknesses and shortcomings, so that they must consider carefully before handing out the terms.
The Haiphong City People’s Court will open a trial for local officials on charges of “destroying citizens’ property, showing irresponsibility and causing serious consequences” on April 8 in relations with law violations on land use and reclamation in Vinh Quang commune, Tien Lang district