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Vietnamese dissident appeals five-year sentence — Radio Free Asia

Vietnamese blogger Le Anh Hung has lodged an enchantment in opposition to his five-year sentence for  “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the pursuits of the State.”

Hung, 39, blogged about Vietnamese politics for Voice of America and information of his enchantment was introduced by fellow activist and journalist Nguyen Vu Binh, who spoke with Hung’s mom Tran Thi Niem.

“Greater than per week in the past, after I visited Hung’s mom, she advised me that she had not been capable of meet him at Non permanent Detention Heart No. 1.” which is beneath the authority of the Hanoi Police Division, Binh stated.

“They advised her that on September 12, he submitted an enchantment so she couldn’t meet him earlier than the enchantment listening to. “

RFA contacted Hung’s mom once more, however she advised him she was too ailing to offer interviews. She earlier advised RFA she had spoken with the Hanoi police investigator who advised her Hung would most likely be launched subsequent 12 months after spending time in a psychological hospital and in pre-trial detention.

Vietnam’s safety companies usually refuse to let dissidents meet their family after an enchantment is lodged though, Clause 1, Article 22 of the Regulation on Non permanent detention and custody (2015) stipulates: 

“These held in short-term detention can meet their family one time throughout short-term detention and one time after each extension of that detention. These held in short-term custody can meet their family as soon as a month. In case of a rise in conferences or if the individuals to be met usually are not family, there have to be approval from the physique dealing with the case. The time of every assembly is inside an hour.”

Nonetheless, Clause 4, Article 22 of the above legislation additionally stipulates: 

“The pinnacle of the custody facility shall not agree on a gathering with the individual held in short-term detention or custody when [authorities are] questioning or interrogating the individual… or when they’re concerned in different procedural actions.”

A lawyer in Hanoi, who didn’t want to be named for safety causes, stated an individual who appeals the unique judgment could be thought-about by the procedural authorities to be a detainee who’s taking part in different authorized actions.

He additionally stated that typically, when making ready for first-instance or appellate trials, it is extremely uncommon for the defendant to be allowed to see their family. 

Hung was arrested in early July 2018 on prices of “abusing democratic freedoms to invade or violate the pursuits of the State, organizations and people” beneath Article 331 of the Prison Code.

After greater than 4 years in detention and compelled therapy in a psychological hospital, he was dropped at trial on August 30 in a trial with out attorneys and family.

The household solely discovered concerning the trial when Hung’s mom referred to as the investigator concerned in his case who advised her the end result of the trial.

The Committee to Defend Journalists (CPJ) issued a press release on Sept. 16 calling on the Vietnamese authorities “to right away and unconditionally launch blogger Le Anh Hung and cease harassing journalists who have been convicted of trumped-up [charges of] conducting anti-state propaganda.

“Blogger Le Anh Hung’s outrageous sentencing exhibits Vietnam will go to any size to stifle crucial reporting of its insurance policies, personalities, and rule,” stated CPJ senior Southeast Asia consultant Shawn Crispin.

“Hung and all different journalists wrongfully held behind bars in Vietnam have to be launched.”



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