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Court hands down tough sentences on 12 individuals in subversion attempt
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Court hands down tough sentences on 12 individuals in subversion attempt

The Saigon Times Daily

Defendant Nguyen James Han is seen at the HCMC People’s Court – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The HCMC People’s Court handed down harsh sentences on 12 defendants who are members of a U.S.-based terrorist organization, as they were found guilty of subversion, reported the Vietnam News Agency. 

Nguyen James Han, Phan Angel, Truong Nguyen Minh Tri, Do Tai Nhan, Nguyen Hung Anh, Tran Tuan Tai, Vo Hoang Ngoc, Do Quoc Bao, Tran Van Vinh, Tran Quang Vinh, Nguyen Van Chanh and Do Thi Thuy Dung are members of the so-called “Provisional National Government of Vietnam” which was founded in 1990 by former soldiers and refugees of the now-defunct U.S.-backed Republic of Vietnam (ROV) regime.

The organization is led by Dao Minh Quan, 66, a U.S. national and former ROV soldier. Last August, the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security issued an arrest warrant for Quan on charges of “terrorism to oppose the people’s administration.”

Since late 2013, Quan, who proclaimed himself the “prime minister,” and other key members have consolidated this organization and conducted various propaganda campaigns to distort the policies of the Vietnamese Party and the State.

Besides this, they have established contacts with Vietnamese people at home and have sent overseas Vietnamese back to the country to carry out acts of sabotage.

The court said Han, 51, a Vietnamese expatriate in the United States, and Angel, 62, a U.S. citizen, were sent to Vietnam to recruit members and direct other members in the country to carry out anti-State activities.

In March 2017, Quan directly assigned Han to return to Vietnam to carry out acts of sabotage during Vietnam’s Reunification Day on April 30.

Han entered Vietnam in late March and contacted Angel to disseminate Quan’s directions to other members in the country, including Anh and Tai, and to discuss the execution of their plans.

Han and Angel ordered other members of the group to distribute anti-state leaflets, take over state radio stations to broadcast anti-government messages, spraying paint to deface the public statues of the late Vietnamese State President Ho Chi Minh, and protesting against Taiwanese steel maker Formosa. However, most of the activities were thwarted by competent authorities.

They were accused of inciting more than 100 people to join the organization, vote for Quan to be president of the so-called Third Republic of Vietnam, and engage in sabotage.

Therefore, the court decided to sentence Han and Angel to 14 years in prison for their masterminding role, and deport them to the U.S. after they finish serving their jail sentences in Vietnam.

The court handed down sentences of 11 years on Tri; 10 years on Nhan, Anh and Tai; nine years on Ngoc and Bao; eight years on Van Vinh; seven years on Quang Vinh; and five years on Chanh and Dung. After serving time in prison, they were also subject to surveillance terms of two to four years.

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