HA NOI (VNS)— The trial of Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phong Tan, the three bloggers sentenced for carrying out ‘propoganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam', took place openly in accordance with the regulations of the law, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Luong Thanh Nghi has said.
Answering reporters' questions yesterday about the trial, Nghi said: "In Viet Nam, every citizen's right to freedom is clearly stipulated in the Constitution and other legal documents. This right has always been respected. Vietnamese citizens are allowed to exercise all their rights within the framework of the law."
"Just as in other countries, all law violations are punished in accordance with regulations of Viet Nam's law and international human rights law, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," he added. — VNS