Six sentenced for acting against the State

Hai Phong City People’s Court sentenced six defendants to up to six years in prison for “spreading propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” in a two-day hearing that ended October 9.

The defendants at the Hai Phong People’s Court. They were sentenced to a combined 22 years in prison for “spreading propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” (Photo: Nguoi Lao Dong)

The six are Nguyen Xuan Nghia, 60; Nguyen Manh Son, 66; Nguyen Van Tinh, 67; Nguyen Van Tuc, 45; Ngo Quynh, 25; and Nguyen Kim Nhan, 60.

They were found guilty of hanging political banners and distributing leaflets against the State in Hanoi, Hai Phong and Hai Duong in August 2008.

They also incited people to carry out demonstrations against the State in Thanh Hoa Province.
In addition, they disseminated a large amount of anti-Government material via the Internet.

In one example, Nghia wrote 57 entries containing arguments against the State, distorting the country’s situation and inciting people into anti-Government activities.

Similarly, Son wrote 22 stories and poems with contents objecting to the State and rejecting the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The six defendants’ actions were very harmful to national security, the court stated before announcing its verdicts on October 9.

Accordingly, Nghia was sentenced to six years in prison; Nguyen Van Tuc, four years; Nguyen Van Tinh and Nguyen Manh Son, three years and six months each; Ngo Quynh, three years; and Nguyen Kim Nhan, two years.

After they complete their prison terms, all are subject to house arrest to between two and three years.

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By B. Anh – Translated by Truc Thinh

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