HCM CITY (VNS)— The HCM City People's Court yesterday gave Pham Nguyen Thanh Binh three years in prison and a further three years on probation.
The defendant, a resident of the city, was sentenced on charges of "conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam".
The sentence was pursuant to Article 88 of the 1999 Viet Nam Penal Code.
According to the indictment, Binh, 30, became acquainted with Nguyen Xuan Chau who heads a reactionary organisation in Australia in early 2012 via the internet.
He agreed to write eight articles for Chau with contents distorting the Party's leadership and the Government's management while slandering Party and State leaders.
Chau then posted the articles on the internet with the aim of inciting the public to rise up against the State.
They also exchanged deviatory and false information about Viet Nam's socio-economic situation.
During the investigation, Binh showed a sincere and co-operative attitude and pledged to clemency. — VNS