The People’s Court of southern An Giang Province on Thursday sent five local people to jail for conducting “anti-State propaganda” under Article 88 of the Penal Code.— VNA/VNS Photo Công Mạo
AN GIANG — The People’s Court of southern An Giang Province on Thursday sent five local people to jail for conducting “anti-State propaganda” under Article 88 of the Penal Code.
Nguyễn Tấn An, born in 1992, will serve five years in prison, while four-year terms were given to Huỳnh Thị Kim Quyên, 38, and Nguyễn Ngọc Quý, 25, and three-year jail terms to Phạm Văn Trọng and Nguyễn Thanh Bình, both 23.
All will be put under house arrest for two years after they finish their terms.
According to the verdict, police in Châu Đốc City detected the yellow flags with three horizontal red stripes of the old US-backed Sài Gòn regime flying in several places around the city on April 25.
Nguyễn Tấn An was arrested on April 30 in the possession of many objects related to the production of the flag of the old Sài Gòn regime.
That arrest led investigators to the four others, who admitted that they established secret groups on social networks to make and distribute the flag around Châu Đốc City.
At the trial, the defendants admitted that they were affected by distorted and biased information posted on the Internet that led them to commit these violations.
Acknowledging their sincere declarations, the provincial People’s Court sentenced the defendants to the lowest penalty for the charge for conducting anti-State propaganda.
The sentence was a deterrent and showed the clemency of the State’s law. — VNS