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Vietnam jails prominent human rights lawyer and five other activists

A Hanoi court jailed prominent human rights lawyer and activist, Nguyen Van Dai, for 15 years on Thursday for activities “aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration.” Dai was sentenced along with five other activists who have been given prison sentences of seven to 12 years. “I’m very disappointed with the trial and strongly protest it,” Dai’s wife, Vu Minh Khanh, said. “He is innocent and he pleaded innocent at the trial. He will continue to fight and will appeal the verdict.” In March 2013, Dai and others formed the “Brotherhood for Democracy,” which conducted anti-government activities to “build multi-party democracy” in Vietnam, according to a copy of the official indictment against Dai seen by Reuters. In December 2015, having already served a previous four-year prison sentence, Nguyen Van Dai was arrested along with his assistant. SEE ALSO: Vietnam unleashes 10,000 cyber troopers to combat ‘wrong views’ “The only crime that these...

 

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