Viet­nam jails six democ­racy ac­tivists

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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.

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