Trial begins of Phu Yen ‘conspirators'
PHU YEN (VNS)— The People's Court in the central province of Phu Yen yesterday began the trial of 22 members of a reactionary organisation who are charged with conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the people's administration.
According to the indictment, between 2003 and February 2012, Phan Van Thu (from the central province of Binh Dinh) and 21 others established a political organisation called Hoi dong cong luat cong an Bia Son (Bia Son Council for Public Laws and Affairs) at the Da Bia eco-tourist site in Phu Yen Province.
The members allegedly disguised the organisation as Huynh Long Co Ltd, an affiliate of a Dak Nong-based eco-tourist company and registered to undertake relevant tourism activities in the Central Highlands province.
Branches were formed in central and southern localities, drawing the participation of 293 people. Some overseas Vietnamese people contributed money to the organisation, which has purportedly produced many documents slandering the administration and distorting the guidelines and policies of the Party and State.
The organisation is accused of planning to overthrow the Government to set up a so-called Dai Nam Kinh Chau State led by Thu.
The trial is expected to last five days. — VNS