An appeals court in
56-year-old Hoang was sentenced in August this year after his arrest in August 2010.
|Pham Minh Hoang at the trial|
At the appeals court trial, Hoang expressed deep regret and said that he had been misled and lured by the overseas reactionary group Viet Tan. He has pledged to end all links with Viet Tan and begged for the state’s mercy.
According to the court, the jail term for Hoang in the first trial was appropriate but it wanted to consider the fact that Hoang had been cooperating with the police and had committed himself to living within the laws of the country after serving jail term. As a result the court considered reducing his sentence on humanitarian grounds.
The appeals court, however, imposed a three year house arrest for Hoang after he completes his sentence.
According to the court, Hoang went to
Hoang was recruited as member of the overseas reactionary group Viet Tan in 1998. He returned to
Hoang applied to regain Vietnamese citizenship in 1997 and once again became a Vietnamese citizen.
From July 2002 until May 2010, Hoang wrote 33 articles under the pen name Phan Kien Quoc that distorted the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, of the government of Vietnam and undermined the image of the country
His activities were premeditated and carefully planned in collusion with reactionary organizations of Vietnamese communities living abroad and other hostile forces, aimed at carrying out a so-called “peaceful change” within the country, the court said.
Hoang also attend a course in
After his return to