Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander

Update: March, 20/2014 - 09:10
Pham Viet Dao. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan

HA NOI (VNS)— Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy.

The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code.

The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled.

The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs –, and – on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State.

At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions.

Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. — VNS