08 Apr '11, 1am

www.Vietnam-VIP.com EU concerned over Vietnam dissident's case: HANOI, Vietnam - Europe joined the United States...

www.Vietnam-VIP.com EU concerned over Vietnam dissident's case: HANOI, Vietnam - Europe joined the United States...

HANOI, Vietnam - Europe joined the United States on Thursday in expressing deep concern over the jailing of a prominent Vietnamese dissident, saying the country's international reputation is at stake. In one of the communist nation's most politically charged cases in years, Cu Huy Ha Vu, 53, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Monday for anti-state propaganda activities, including advocating an end to one-party communist rule. He was convicted over his writings, interviews with foreign media, and Internet material issued since 2009. "This conviction is not consistent with the fundamental right of all persons to hold opinions and freely and peacefully express them," the European Union (EU) delegation in Hanoi said in a statement. It said the seven-year jail term, followed by three years' house arrest, "is particularly severe and we are also deeply concerned by the app...

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