Cu Huy Ha Vu has received a 7-year prison sentence on charges of “conducting anti-propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” pursuant to Article 88 of the Penal Code, in a trial in Hanoi on April 4.
|Cu Huy Ha Vu was arrested on November 4, 2010 for anti-State propaganda|
According to the indictment from the local People’s Procurator, 54-year-old Cu Huy Ha Vu, an anti-State lawyer, wrote a large number of anti-State articles and gave interviews, which he posted on the Internet.
He wrote articles distorting and maligning the Party and State guidelines and policies and defamed the administration and State institutions, even maligning the Vietnamese people’s resistance war.
Tran Dinh Trien, Tran Vu Hai, Ha Huy Son and Vuong Thi Thanh were the four attorneys defending Vu at the trial. Lawyer Hai was removed from the trial as he violated the trial’s regulations.
During the trial, Vu did not admit to any violations. However, the jury considered the documents, evidence and testimony collected during the investigation process and agreed there were sufficient grounds to prove Vu was guilty of “conducting anti-propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”.
The jury said that his case was serious and Vu’s acts were a danger to society and infringed upon the interests of the State and people. However, taking into account the fact that his family had made outstanding contributions to the nation, the court arrived at a seven-year sentence.