21 Apr '11, 4pm

Vietnam dissident appeals sentence: wife: He was sentenced to seven years in prison followed by three years' hou...

Vietnam dissident appeals sentence: wife: He was sentenced to seven years in prison followed by three years' hou...

HANOI - A prominent Vietnamese dissident has launched an appeal against a lengthy jail term handed to him this month, his wife said Thursday, after a politically charged trial that drew global criticism. Cu Huy Ha Vu, 53, was sentenced on April 4 to seven years in prison followed by three years' house arrest for anti-state propaganda activities, including advocating an end to one-party communist rule. "He wrote to the authorities to say he did not accept his sentence," Vu's wife Nguyen Thi Duong Ha told AFP, adding that neither she nor her husband's lawyers had been allowed to see the dissident since his conviction. "If the appeal is accepted, he will receive a letter." Foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said that she had received no official information regarding the appeal. Vu's father was a member of revered founding president Ho Chi Minh's provisional cabin...

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