HANOI Viet­nam jails teacher to 14 years over at­tempted sub­ver­sion

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

A court in north­ern Viet­nam has sen­tenced a for­mer pri­mary school­teacher to 14 years in prison af­ter find­ing him guilty on charges of at­tempt­ing to over­throw the com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment.

Dao Quang Thuc, 58, was con­victed of post­ing on his Face­book page ar­ti­cles with “re­ac­tionary con­tents,” the of­fi­cial Viet­nam News Agency re­ported. The Peo­ple’s Court in Hoa Binh prov­ince on Wed­nes­day also con­victed him of as­so­ci­at­ing with a Cal­i­for­nia-based ex­iled anti-com­mu­nist group called the Pro­vi­sional Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment of Viet­nam, which the Hanoi gov­ern­ment de­clared a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The court also or­dered Thuc to serve five years of house ar­rest fol­low­ing his sen­tence.

Court of­fi­cials were not avail­able for com­ment Thurs­day.

Dozens of ac­tivists have been con­victed of vi­o­lat­ing the na­tional se­cu­rity law since the be­gin­ning of the year. Last month, a court in Ho Chi Minh City sen­tenced 12 ac­tivists in­clud­ing two Amer­i­cans of Viet­namese de­scent to up to 14 years on sim­i­lar charges.

De­spite sweep­ing eco­nomic re­forms since the mid-1980s that opened Viet­nam to for­eign trade and in­vest­ment and made it one of fastest-grow­ing economies in the world, the com­mu­nist gov­ern­ment tol­er­ates no chal­lenge to its oneparty rule. –

Photo: AP

Ac­tivist Dao Quang Thuc stands trial in Hoa Binh, Viet­nam, on Wed­nes­day.

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