Vietnam Court Sentences 22 People to Prison for “Activities Aimed at Overthrowing the Government”

by Colonel on February 4, 2013

“A court in Vietnam’s Phu Yen province has jailed 22 people for between 10 years and life on subversion charges.

Prosecutors said the group had set up an eco-tourism company as a front for activities aimed at overthrowing the government.

The week-long trial was the largest of its kind in several years, as the government cracks down on dissent despite international criticism.

Last month, a court convicted 14 activists on similar charges.

In that case, 13 people – mostly Catholics, including bloggers and students – accused of having links to the banned Viet Tan group were jailed for between three and 13 years, while one received a suspended sentence.

State-appointed defence lawyer Nguyen Huong Que said the 22 men convicted in Phu Yen had “admitted their crime of aiming to overthrow the people’s administration”.

” — Copyright 2013 BBC

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