21 May '11, 6am

Rights activists to be tried in Vietnam

Rights activists to be tried in Vietnam

HANOI: Seven rights campaigners are due to stand trial in Vietnam accused of attempting to overthrow the communist government, political opposition group Viet Tan said. All seven were arrested in summer 2010 and have not had access to families or lawyers, said Viet Tan, which described the accused as "Vietnamese patriots, faithful to their religious ideals, and selflessly serving their communities". The defendants, who are set to go on trial on May 30, face charges under Penal Code Article 79, punishable by jail or a death sentence on conviction, because of affiliation with Viet Tan, according to the US-based group. "They are aggrieved citizens who have petitioned for many years for legal redress, both for themselves and others victimised by government corruption," the group said in a statement released Friday. Viet Tan, which is also known as the Vietnam Reform Party, des...

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