Vietnam Land Rights Activist Do Cong Duong Handed 48-Month Jail Term

A court in the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Ninh sentenced land rights activist and citizen journalist Do Cong Duong 48 months in prison on Monday for “disturbing public order,” his lawyer told RFA’s Vietnamese Service.

Duong, 54, was detained on January 24 by the police of Tu Son commune in Bac Ninh while he was filming a forced eviction. He met his lawyer, Ha Huy Son, on April 5 and was charged with “disturbing public order.”

“There were 4 defendants, and the other three plead guilty. Duong got the heaviest sentence of 48 months in prison under the article 331 of the 2015 penal code,” Son told RFA.

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