NINH THUAN — The HCM City Chamber of the Supreme People's Court yesterday upheld the sentence handed down on Phan Ngoc Tuan,53, on charges of "conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam".
The trial was held in central Ninh Thuan Province in response to an appeal filed by the defendant.
Tuan, born in 1959 in Ninh Thuan, was sentenced to five years in prison plus a three-year probationary period by the Ninh Thuan People's Court on June 6 this year.
The court of appeal jury said Tuan had failed to provide evidence to prove that he was not guilty of the offence therefore his appeal was rejected and the sentence upheld.
According to the verdict, from April 2010 to August 2011 Tuan disseminated allegations that distorted the truth and defamed the State, saying that it suppressed religion and discriminated against children of officials of the former Saigon regime. He also produced, stored and circulated documents and publications against the State.
Tuan posted documents and images on the Internet and disseminated information on mobile phones against the State, the verdict stated.
In addition, he distributed leaflets and documents distorting the truth about the Vietnamese State in the cities of Phan Rang and Thap Cham, HCM City and a number of places in Ha Noi.
He also sent petitions, banners, slogans, films, photos and poems against the State to domestic agencies, foreign embassies and general consulates.
Furthermore, Tuan kept in touch surreptitiously with domestic and foreign individuals and organisations who conduct activities against the State and who print documents distorting the truth about the Vietnamese State. — VNS