After a two-day trial that ended yesterday, the People’s Court in Nghe An Province issued a prison sentence of upto 13 years to three of the 14 defendants who were charged with ‘acting to overthrow the People’s Government.’
The defendants, that included three university students and three company directors, belonged to a 17-member reactionary group led by Ho Duc Hoa from Quynh Luu District in Nghe An Province who was one of the three sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
Dang Xuan Dieu, from Nghe An Province, and Le Van Son from Thanh Hoa Province, were the other two defendants to receive a 13 year sentence.
The ten other defendants were sentenced to anywhere from three to eight years in prison.
Nguyen Dang Vinh Phuc was placed under three year probation.
Most of the 14 defendants were arrested in early 2012 and had confessed to their anti-government activities.
According to the indictment, the group members had been trained by an exile reactionary group called ‘Viet Tan’ (New Vietnam) in the US, Thailand, the Philippines and Cambodia since 2010.
After training, the Viet Tan reactionary party provided funds and other facilities to the group to conduct activities to topple the government in Vietnam.
Police are still searching for three other members of the group who are still at large, the court announced.