The People’s Court in the central province of Phu Yen on January 28 began trial of 22 members of a reactionary group accused of conducting anti-party activities aimed at overthrowing the Government.
According to the indictment, since 2003 until February 2012, Phan Van Thu, from the central province of Binh Dinh and 21 other reactionaries ran a political group called ‘Bia Son Council for Public Law and Affairs’ at the Da Bia Tourist Resort in Phu Yen Province.
The political group operated under cover of Huynh Long Co. Ltd, an affiliate of Dak Nong-based Hoang Long Co. Ltd. which is registered for eco-tourism activities and afforestation in the Central Highland Province.
The group produced many documents slandering the administration and distorting Party guidelines and State policies.
The organization set up 12 committees, 26 conference and four unnamed groups for operating in Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Thua Thien- Hue, Da Nang, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Dak Lak, Ho Chi Minh City, An Giang, Dong Thap, and Kien Giang with 293 participants.
The political organization chose the method of nonviolence and composed several documents with contents that distorted state and Party policies, guidelines, slandering the regime and trying to win the confidence of the masses against the leadership of the Party and State
Some overseas Vietnamese have contributed money to the organization.
They also prepared a Government apparatus, aimed to overthrow the Vietnamese government and to set up a so-called Dai Nam Kinh Chau State led by Phan Van Thu.
The trial of the above accused is expected to last five days.