Vietnamese court jails journalist on charges of spying for China
A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced a journalist to six years in prison on charges of spying for mainland China, his lawyer said.
Ha Huy Hoang, 55, who was arrested in October 2014, worked for a newspaper published by Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry.
“Ha Huy Hoang was sentenced to six years in prison for spying for China,” his lawyer Ha Huy Son told AFP after a trial lasting a few hours in the capital Hanoi.
Lawyer Son added that Hoang “has rejected all charges against him.”
Hoang was accused of providing information to China about the internal situation in Vietnam and the state of the leadership since 2011, according to an online report by the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper.
The report said Hoang had travelled to China at least six times to meet his handler in the city of Nanning, Guangxi province.
The Tuoi Tre report was swiftly removed from the paper’s website — common practice for highly sensitive stories in authoritarian Vietnam.