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Police uncover plot in Phu Yen

Update: February, 07/2012 - 09:46

PHU YEN — Police in the central coastal province of Phu Yen have unearthed a plot led by an allegedly reactionary political organis-ation.

At a press briefing in the province yesterday, Major General Pham Van Hoa, director of the Phu Yen Provincial Police, announced preliminary results of the case of "abusing democracy and freedom to infringe upon the interests of the State and legitimate rights and interests of organisations and citizens".

The reactionary organis-ation was alleged to have been founded in 1975 under another name by Phan Van Thu. It was said to be a reactionary element.

Re-education camps

Thu, born in 1948 in An Thach Commune, Tuy An District, Phu Yen Province, is reported to have been arrested and sent to re-education camps several times.

From 2004 to 2011, Thu (who also uses the name Tran Cong) allegedly went to Da Bia eco-tourist site (also known as the Hoang Long eco-tourist site in Dong Hoa District, Phu Yen Province) to secretly develop the reactionary political organisation in several cities and provinces nationwide with more than 300 participants, including overseas Vietnamese.

The organisation operated under the mode of "non-violence" with the aim of overthrowing the people's administration.

Phu Yen Provincial Police set up a special mission, titled C611, which led a raid on the organisation's headquarters on Sunday, capturing Tran Cong and five others.

The five arrested included Le Duy Loc, born in 1956 in Ninh Thuan Province, who was in charge of science and education for the organisation; Vo Thanh Le, born in 1955 in Xuan Long Commune, Dong Xuan District, Phu Yen Province who headed internal affairs; Le Phuc, born 1951 in Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan Province, and in charge of organisational affairs; Le Duc Dong, born in 1983 in Phu Vang District, Thua Thien-Hue Province and in charge of protection affairs; and Le Trong Cu, born in 1966 in Hoa Tri Commune, Phu Hoa District, Phu Yen Province who was Tran Cong's driver and bodyguard.

The police yesterday continued to arrest three others involved.

In addition, the police seized hundreds of documents detailing the organisation's action platform; 19 detonators, 10 walkie-talkies, a pair of binoculars, two laptops, a camera, a video camera, over US$12,000 and nearly VND190million (about $9,000).

Phu Yen Provincial Police are continuing proceedings in order to bring the organisation to trial. — VNS

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