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Vietnam jails American for 12 years on charge of attempting to overthrow state

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Vietnam jails American for 12 years on charge of attempting to overthrow state

 

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U.S. citizen Michael Nguyen is escorted by policemen before his trial at a court in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

 

HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam on Monday sentenced a U.S. citizen to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of “attempting to overthrow the state” in a trial that lasted just half a day, his lawyer said.

 

Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, 55, pleaded guilty, but had asked that his sentence be reduced so he could be reunited with his family, his lawyer, Nguyen Van Mieng, told Reuters by telephone after the trial at the Ho Chi Minh City court.

 

Nguyen will be deported after serving his jail sentence.

 

“It’s such a long sentence,” said Mieng. “Michael admitted guilt at the trial and asked the jury to reduce his sentence so that he could soon reunite with his family.”

 

Nguyen was accused of inciting Vietnamese people to join protests and attempting to attack government offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Molotov cocktails and slingshots, the Tuoi Tre newspaper said, citing the indictment.

 

“We are disappointed by today’s verdict,” a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said in an emailed statement. “We will continue to raise our concerns regarding Mr. Nguyen’s case, and his welfare, at all appropriate levels.”

 

Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam and has lived in the United States since he was a child, was detained in Vietnam in July 2018 on suspicion of activity against the government, said his brother-in-law, Mark Roberts.

 

In February, Nguyen’s wife, Helen, attended U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech in Washington. She was a guest of U.S. Representative Katie Porter, a Democrat who represents part of Orange County, California, where the Nguyen family lives.

 

“I’m disappointed with this outcome, and my heart aches for the Nguyen family and for our Orange County community,” Porter said in a statement. “I remain committed to supporting Helen and her daughters at this difficult time.”

 

Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism.

 

The court also sentenced two Vietnamese men to eight years and 10 years in prison for the same offence, Mieng said, adding they would face three years’ house arrest after their jail terms.

 

“Their objective is to cause riots in an attempt to overthrow the administration of Vietnam and eradicate the leading role of the (Communist) party,” Truoi Tre cited the indictment as saying.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-06-25

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that went well then, should have stayed in the USA,

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That's communism for you. The joys of Vietnam!!

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well, Mr. Nguyen's actions in Vietnam were clearly unwise.

 

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Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam

And he's very probably also a Vietnamese citizen, but somehow the article fails to mention this.

I guess it's for the indignation value, i.e. manipulating the opinion of the public, hearing an Amercian citizen is jailed by Vietnam, as if that had any weight in what is a purely Vietnamese matter.

 

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“Their objective is to cause riots in an attempt to overthrow the administration of Vietnam and eradicate the leading role of the (Communist) party,” Truoi Tre cited the indictment as saying.

and that guy is probably 100% right.

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3 minutes ago, Traubert said:

Another one thrown under the bus by the NED.

 

Mug.

What is the NED?

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3 hours ago, Essex Reject said:

US citizen Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen.....yea right. 

Both individuals most probably went through a Naturalization process. They are both bonafide citizen of US of A - whether you like or not!

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1 minute ago, CapraIbex said:

Both individuals most probably went through a Naturalization process. They are both bonafide citizen of US of A - whether you like or not!

what? There is only 1 person here..who else you referring to?

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