Vietnam jails six democracy activists
13 Six Vietnamese activists were jailed for between seven and 15 years for “attempting to overthrow the state”.
The six, including prominent lawyer Nguyen Van Dai, who got 15 years in jail, were sentenced after a one-day trial held under heavy security in Hanoi.
They are linked to the Brotherhood for Democracy activist group and were accused of carrying out human rights training, pushing for multi-party democracy and receiving funds from overseas. “At the trial today, no evidence showing the defendants’ attempt at overthrowing the state was given,” lawyer Le Luan said. “The charge was very much groundless.” Dai (above) has long been a thorn in the side of the authorities and served four years in jail in 2007 for anti-state activity.