LONG AN (VNS)— The People's Court of Long An Province yesterday sentenced Dinh Nguyen Kha to 10 years' imprisonment and Nguyen Phuong Uyen to six years for "conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam".
Kha's sentence includes two years' imprisonment for "intentionally causing injury" in another case.
After serving their sentences, Kha, born in 1988 in Long An's Tan An city and Uyen, born in 1992 in the Ham Thuan Bac district of Binh Thuan Province – will remain under house arrest for three years each and will not be allowed to join in any social organisations.
According to the indictment of the provincial People's Procuracy, between April and May 2012, Kha and Uyen made the acquaintance of Nguyen Thien Thanh, who was living in Thailand, through the social network Facebook.
Thanh induced the pair to join in the so-called "Tuoi tre yeu nuoc" (Patriotic Youth), a reactionary organisation of which Thanh is a member.
On August 31, 2012, Thanh sent Kha three files with different content to spread in urban and rural areas and roads. Kha was also asked to take four or five photographs to be posted on the Tuoi tre yeu nuoc website.
Incited by Thanh, Kha and Uyen produced, stored and circulated anti-State documents. In August 2012, they erected a yellow flag with three red stripes, the flag of the former Sai Gon regime, and a banner that defames the Communist Party of Viet Nam in public spaces in Tan An city and Ham Tri commune. Then they took photographs of the scene and sent them to Thanh to publish on the Tuoi tre yeu nuoc website.
Later on October 10, 2012, the pair scattered leaflets on An Suong flyover in Ba Diem commune, Hoc Mon district, Ho Chi Minh City.
Under the direction of Thanh via the Internet, both Kha and Uyen acted against the Vietnamese State.
Therefore, they were charged with "conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam" stipulated in Point C, Clause 1, Article 88 of the Penal Code.
Thanh, who acted as an instigator in this case, is being hunted by Ho Chi Minh City's security forces for his involvement in another anti-State case that the Ho Chi Minh City People's Court judged on October 10, 2012. — VNS