» 03/27/2014, 00.00
Hero who fought forced evictions jailed and fined
In addition to a five-year sentence, Peter Doan Van Vuon will have to pay a fine of more than a thousand dollars. The courageous family man had filed a suit for material and moral damages demanding US$ 1.4 million in compensation, but the court rejected the defence arguments.
Vietnam's top court upholds conviction for anti-eviction hero
Court dismisses appeal, upholds five-year sentence imposed on Peter Doan Van Vuon, head of a courageous family. His brother's sentence is also upheld. Two other family members see their sentence reduced. Disputes over land and property keep escalating in Vietnam.
Hai Phong: Bishop and Catholics against the expropriation of "brave family’s" land
Peter Doan Vuon and relatives oppose the seizure of land and activities, held since 1993. The government, in an arbitrary manner, ordered its seizure and sent in the military. In response, they mounted an armed defense - without killing or injuring anyone – of their property. Political leaders and ordinary citizens sympathize with the man considered a hero.
Hanoi: conviction of Catholic lawyer Le Quoc Quan upheld on appeal
He will remain in jail for 30 months and pay a US$ 57,000 fine for "tax evasion". The defendant's lawyer challenged the court, asking that his client be tried "for his activism," not on trumped-up charges. His family was not allowed to attend the trial. Outside the courthouse, more than a hundred people protested, calling for his release.
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Hanoi, Catholic blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh back in prison
He must serve five years in prison. He was sentenced along with his assistant for having "violated the interests of the state" by publishing articles online. The defense lawyers argue that the trial was not democratic: "The accusation is based on false evidence, and under the current Penal Code Vinh is innocent."
Hanoi jails eight Hmong Christians for "disturbing security"
State media attack the eight for promoting separatism, claim the court showed a "humanitarian" and "benevolent" side. Last May, the authorities cracked down hard causing bloodshed, including deaths. At the end of their prison terms, the accused will spend two years under house arrest.
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