» 01/13/2009, 00.00
Ruling against eight Thai Ha Catholics to be appealed
Hanoi’s Court of Appeal will hear the request for trial review. Despite the light sentence the defendants want their names cleared. False reports by state media were one of the factors triggering their appeal.
Campaign of intimidation against lawyer representing Thai Ha parishioners continues
Le Tran Luât, legal counsel for people who filed charges against state media for false reporting of their trial, has been detained by police. His office had been raided previously. His Bar Association has threatened to suspend his licence, and an aide has been detained and interrogated.
New defamation campaign by Hanoi media against Catholics of Thai Ha
It is feared that this activity is paving the way for new attacks against the faithful. The attitude of the media comes together with acts of intimidation against the lawyer in charge of a lawsuit by parishioners against a newspaper and a television station for false reporting on their trial.
False priests appear on Hanoi media to discredit Catholics
In the dispute over Thai Ha parish property, state TV and government newspapers introduce party officials as priests. For the diocese these men "were ‘ordained’ by the government."
Thugs attack Thai Ha Catholics as police look on
Goon squad goes into action under the indifferent eye of the police, ransacking, destroying an outdoor altar, and sullying a statue of Our Lady. Hanoi authorities have the archbishop’s residence surrounded, pledging to “severely punish” the archbishop, guilty among other things of trying to exercise his rights that are recognised under law.
Cardinal Pham Minh Man slams manipulation by state media
Prelate calls on the faithful to pray for an end to the violence and for renewed dialogue in favour of justice. He points out how the words of the capital’s archbishop have been deliberately distorted.
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