Viet­nam ac­tivist jailed for ‘anti-state’ charge

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

HANOI: A Vietnamese ac­tivist was jailed for nine years yes­ter­day for “anti-state ac­tiv­ity”, her lawyer said, the sec­ond such heavy sen­tence handed down by the au­thor­i­tar­ian state in less than a month. Dis­si­dents, rights lawyers and blog­gers are rou­tinely jailed in the com­mu­nist coun­try but rights groups and ac­tivists ac­cuse the new gov­ern­ment in place since last year of wag­ing a par­tic­u­larly harsh crack­down on its crit­ics. Anti-China ac­tivist Tran Thi Nga, 40, was sen­tenced af­ter a one-day trial in a heav­ily guarded court­house in north­ern Ha Nam prov­ince, where dozens of sup­port­ers gath­ered out­side, some hold­ing signs call­ing for her re­lease.

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