Five Vietnamese Activists Will go on Trial in October

Five Vietnamese activists held without trial for almost two years will now go to court on Oct. 5 in Ho Chi Minh City, also called Saigon, a defense lawyer and family member said.

Luu Van Vinh, Nguyen Van Duc Do, Phan Trung, Tu Cong Nghia, and Nguyen Quoc Hoan were charged when arrested in 2016 with “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” under Article 79 of Vietnam’s Penal Code, attorney Dang Dinh Manh told RFA’s Vietnamese Service.

“Their offense is listed under Item 1 [of the article], which carries the harshest penalty, and authorities tend to hand down harsh sentences in cases concerning national security,” Manh said.

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