Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Vietnam dissident freed from jail

Pham Minh Hoang was sentenced to three years in jail after posting 33 articles criticising the one-party Communist system in Vietnam

Vietnamese authorities have released a French-Vietnamese dissident after he spent 17 months in jail after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the government.

Lawyer Tran Vu Hai said 56-year-old Pham Minh Hoang was freed from jail on Friday and will now serve three years of house arrest.

Mr Hoang holds dual citizenship.

Mr Hoang was sentenced to three years in jail after an August trial in which he was found guilty of posting 33 articles criticising the one-party Communist system, as well as of holding membership in a banned group and recruiting others to join it.

An appeals court in November reduced his sentence to 17 months citing his co-operation with police and his commitment to renounce the banned group.

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