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Anti-Gov't agitator jailed for 11 years

Update: March, 27/2012 - 09:45

GIA LAI — Nguyen Cong Chinh, arrested last April, was sentenced yesterday to 11 years in prison for sabotaging the great national unity policies.

According to the People's Court of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, the evidence against the 43-year-old resident of Hoa Lu Ward, Pleiku, "was clear". Chinh was given the penalty pursuant to articles 46 and 87 of the Penal Code.

According to the charge, Chinh had relations with some reactionary organisations and violated the law from 2004 to 2011, disregarding warnings and fines from the local government.

"Chinh did not realise what he had been doing was wrong but kept following an illegal path, which badly affected the local security and stirred discontent in the public," said the court.

Also in the charge, Chinh compiled and sent out a number of documents to anti-government organisations within and outside the country.

"He distorted the domestic situation, calumniating the Government, the State and the army in interviews with the foreign media," the court said.

"When some members of the reactionary organisation FULRO (the United Front for the Liberation of Oppressed Races) were arrested and sentenced according to the law, Chinh claimed that they were falsely accused and imprisoned for purely religious activities."

He was also reported to have made an urgent notice to the US Consular, alleging that Buddhism follower Thach Thanh No was killed while practising his religion. According to investigations, No, a Khmer man from the southern province of Tra Vinh, fell off his motorbike under the influence of alcohol and died in April 2009.

According to the court, of all 22 documents seized at Chinh's house, 19 showed divisive propaganda between local authorities, the armed forces and the public, driving a wedge between Viet Nam and other countries with the aim of opposing the Vietnamese State. — VNA/VNS

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