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Appeal trial held for eight defendants

Update: May, 24/2013 - 10:21

NGHE AN (VNS)— The Supreme People's Court of Appeal yesterday heard the cases of eight people previously convicted of "carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the people's Government" pursuant to Clauses 1 and 2, Article 79 of the Penal Code.

The trial, in the central province of Nghe An, was opened as the accused appealed against the sentences handed down to them by the People's Court of Nghe An on January 9, 2013.

The court said legal criminal evidence and documents prove that Viet Tan (the Vietnam Reform Party) is an overseas reactionary organisation that conducts a range of activities aimed at overthrowing the people's administration. It argued that as the defendants participated in Viet Tan's schemes while fully aware of this fact, the initial sentence has firm legal standing.

Meanwhile, some of the accused confessed to breaking the law and expressed repentance, which helped them earn a reduced sentence. Le Van Son had his prison term reduced from 13 years to four years, while Nguyen Van Duyet, Nguyen Xuan Anh and Ho Van Oanh had their sentences reduced by 6 months, one year and six months respectively.

The court upheld the prison sentences for Ho Duc Hoa, Nguyen Dinh Cuong, Tran Minh Nhat and Thai Van Dung. — VNS

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