The anti-espionage unit in the central coastal province of Phu Yen has smashed an anti-gov’t plot by a reactionary political organisation called ‘Hoi dong Cong luat Cong An Bia Son’, in which ten persons have been detained on charges of ‘abusing democratic freedom, violating interests of the State, legitimate rights and interests of organizations and citizens.’
At a press briefing in Phu Yen province on Feb. 6, Major General Pham Van Hoa, director of the Phu Yen Police department, told the press that the reactionary organisation was founded in 1975 under the name ‘An dan dai dao’ by Phan Van Thu, born in 1948 in An Thach Commune in Tuy An District of Phu Yen Province. In the past Thu had been arrested and brought to a re-education camp for 10 years.
From 2004 to 2011, Thu (changed name to Tran Cong) came to the Da Bia eco-tourist site (in Dong Hoa District of Phu Yen Province) to secretly establish a reactionary political organisation with branches in some cities and provinces nationwide with more than 300 members, including many overseas Vietnamese.
This organisation operated under the model of ‘non-violence’ but in fact they plotted to overthrow the people's administration by use of arms.
The Phu Yen Provincial Police set up a special mission force to raid the organisation headquarter base on Feb. 5, smashing the core of the organisation and arresting its ringleader Tran Cong and five others.
The police continued to arrest three other leaders of the reactionary organisation on Feb. 6.
While searching the house of Tran Cong, the police seized hundreds of documents on the organisation’s action plans; 19 detonators, 10 walkie-talkies, a binocular, two laptops, a camera, a movie camera, over US$12,000 and nearly VND 190 million (about $9,000).
Phu Yen Police are currently completing procedures to bring the organisation members to trial.