09 Feb '11, 2am

SCANDAL: #Malaysia Repatriated Dissident Vu Quang Thuan, 44 to face 20Yrs. Jail in #VietNam for Promoting Free Speech

HANOI - A VIETNAMESE man allegedly linked to a prominent dissident has been arrested for anti-state propaganda after being expelled from Malaysia, reports said on Tuesday. The Tuoi Tre newspaper named him as Vu Quang Thuan, 44. Rights activists say the charge, which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, criminalises free speech under the one-party regime. Thuan and Le Thang Long, who was jailed last year, were allegedly involved in setting up the Vietnam Progressive Democratic Movement in 2007, Tuoi Tre said, adding that the movement organised 'reactionary seminars'. After Long's arrest in 2009, Thuan fled to Malaysia from where he continued to disseminate anti-state documents, the report said. Long was one of four high-profile dissidents jailed in January last year for up to 16 years for a non-violent campaign that tried to overthrow Vietnam's communist regime. The cas...

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