|Defendants involved in disturbances of social order at Hòa Minh Commune and Sông Lũy Bridge on June 10 at the appeal trial. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thanh|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The People’s Court of Bình Thuận Province on Monday rejected the appeals of 15 defendants convicted of disturbing public disorder in the province on June 10 last year.
It upheld the sentences issued by the Tuy Phong District People’s Court.
The defendants were convicted of “causing public disorder” in accordance with Clause 2, Articles 318 of the 2015 Penal Code.
According to the indictment, between 9am and 13:30pm on June 10, many people gathered on the National Highway 1A, locating in Binh Long Village, Phan Ri Thanh Commune. Police and the local government used loudspeakers to ask participants to disperse to prevent traffic jams and not take actions that threaten social security and order.
However, some people attacked police with sticks, bricks, stones and homemade petrol bombs. They also burned fire trucks and damaged facilities at the headquarters of the Fire Fighting and Prevention Office in the district.
The 15 convicted rioters received custodial sentences ranging from two to four and a half years.
At the appeal trial, the court said no extenuating circumstances had been delivered, so there was no basis upon which to accept the appeals. — VNS