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Blogger receives prison term

Update: October, 29/2013 - 17:44
Dinh Nhat Uy  was charged for "taking advantage of freedom and democracy rights to violate the benefits of the State, legal rights and benefits of organisations and citizens."— VNA/VNS Photo

 

HCM CITY (VNS) — Mekong Delta Long An Province's People's Court yesterday sentenced a blogger to one year and three months of probation for spreading "anti-state propaganda".

Dinh Nhat Uy, 30, of Tan An City in Long An Province, was charged for "taking advantage of freedom and democracy rights to violate the benefits of the State, legal rights and benefits of organisations and citizens."

The verdict was based on Clause 1 of Article 258 of the Criminal Code, according to the provincial People's Court.

In November 2012, after Uy's brother, Dinh Nguyen Kha, was convicted for spreading "anti-state propaganda" and sent to jail on an eight-year sentence (later reduced to four years), Uy used his Facebook account "to publish and exchange information and photos with false content that aimed to distort the truth about the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and other organisations and individuals".

Through an investigation, police found that Uy had compiled and published information and photos on his personal blog with false content that aimed to distort and affect the prestige of the State and legal rights and benefits of individuals and organisations.

Uy was arrested on June 15 by Long An Police.

Defendants imprisoned

The People's Court of central Khanh Hoa Province sentenced two defendants to 11 years behind bars yesterday on charges of "intentionally revealing State secrets".

Tran Anh Hung, born in 1957 and residing in Tan Lap ward of Nha Trang City in Khanh Hoa Province, was sentenced to six years. Nguyen Manh Ha, born in 1976 and former inspector of the Vietnamese Government Inspectorate, was given five years' imprisonment.

In 2010, the Government Inspectorate issued a decision forming an investigation team to examine citizens' complaints about the Phuoc Long new urban area project in Phuoc Long ward, Nha Trang City.

According to the verdicts, Hung repeatedly asked Ha for a copy of a draft report on the project, which he supplied. Hung then delivered it to others to use as evidence for denunciations against the leaders of Khanh Hoa Province and Nha Trang City. These accusations seriously affected social security, order and trust in provincial leaders.

In June 2012, Hung and Ha were taken into custody. — VNS

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