|Anti-State instigator Trần Thị Nga sentenced to nine years in prison. — VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NAM – The People’s Court of the northern province of Hà Nam on Tuesday gave a jail sentence of nine years to Trần Thị Nga convicted of conducting anti-State propaganda. The court also imposed five years of house arrest to be served following the prison term.
Nga, a resident of Phủ Lý City in Hà Nam Province, was born in 1977. According to the indictment by the provincial People’s Procuracy, between September 2014 and January 2017 she opened a blog and Facebook account under the names “Thuy Nga” and “Tran Thi Nga”, along with a YouTube account under the name “Tran Thuy Nga” to post information and video clips. These were allegedly designed "to spread reactionary ideas and distort guidelines and policies of the Vietnamese Party and State."
Nga also created and stored 13 video clips "defaming the administration and popularising one-sided and superficial views, aiming to stir up public worries, undermine the national unity bloc and people’s trust in the administration."
Nga also wrote and put up many slogans defaming party and State leaders and security forces, and calling for a boycott of the elections to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils of the 2016-21 tenure.
At the court hearing, Nga did not admit the violation. However, based on documents and evidence collected during the investigation, along with testimony of witnesses and the argument of the State, the judge concluded that she was guilty in accordance with Clause 1 of Article 88 of the Penal Code. — VNS