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Appeal court rejects plea by ex-journalist

Update: December, 28/2012 - 09:26

HCM CITY (VNS)— The HCM City People's Court yesterday rejected an appeal on behalf of Hoang Khuong, former journalist of the newspaper Tuoi Tre (Youth), and five other defendants.

Khuong and his fellow defendants were arrested in June for bribing a traffic policeman in the city's Binh Thanh District.

Khuong and his lawyers argue that the journalist paid the VND15 million (US$714) bribe as part of a strategy to gather evidence for an investigative article about corruption.

But the appeals court disagreed, stating that the bribe was nevertheless a crime and sentencing him to one year in prison. — VNS

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