Viet­namese court jails jour­nal­ist on charges of spy­ing for China

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

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.

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