Man jailed for two years for libeling party, government

By Cuu Long   March 20, 2019 | 07:57 pm GMT+7
Man jailed for two years for libeling party, government
Le Minh The stands trial in Can Tho City on Wednesday for publishing Facebook videos libeling the government. Photo by VnExpress/Cuu Long

A Can Tho court sentenced a man to two years in jail on Tuesday for “distorting the party and government’s policies” on social media.

Le Minh The, 56, was indicted for "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State, the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens."

Prosecutors said between March and August last year he broadcast seven live videos on Facebook that showed his extremist attitude and libeled the party and the government.

He called on people to protest and riot to overthrow the government, they said.

The pleaded guilty to all the charges.

The judges said his behavior had been intentional, professional and well-prepared and severely endangered security and social safety.

Under Vietnam's Penal Code, "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the State, the legitimate rights and interests of organizations and/or citizens" is a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison.

On Monday, a HCMC appeals court upheld jail terms of between eight and 15 years for five people found guilty of trying to "overthrow the people’s administration."

 
 
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