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Vietnam jails activists for subversion amid crackdown on dissidents

Pro-democracy activists convicted of trying to overthrow communist government, sparking human rights concerns.

  • Reuters in Bangkok
  • guardian.co.uk, Monday 4 February 2013 09.43 GMT
This picture taken on January 28, 2013 s

Vietnamese activists jailed – Phan Van Thu, centre, and affiliates have been handed lengthy jail terms for subversion. Photograph: Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a man to life in prison and given jail terms of up to 17 years to other defendants after they were found guilty of “subversive activities”, according to the state-run Vietnam Television. Continue reading