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Trial commences for terrorism case in Daklak

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The trial began this morning for suspects in the terrorist attacks in Daklak in June 2023, which resulted in nine casualties. Six additional suspects, whose whereabouts remain unknown, will be tried in absentia.

Fifty-three suspects face charges related to alleged terrorism against the people’s administration, while 45 individuals, including six abroad, are prosecuted for suspected terrorism. One person is accused of concealing a crime, and another is charged with organizing illegal entry or exit for others.

These individuals, organized into two groups, carried out attacks on the headquarters of Ea Ktur and Ea Tieu communes in Cu Kuin on the night of June 10 and the early morning of June 11, 2023. The attacks claimed nine lives, including the chairman of Ea Tieu, the secretary of Ea Ktur, four police officers, and three residents, while injuring many others.

The trial is expected to last 10 days under tight security measures.

Investigators reported that most of the suspects belong to ethnic minority groups in Daklak Province, enticed into joining reactionary forces controlled by suspects living abroad.

This case has garnered significant public attention due to its impact on the health of officers and residents, as well as damage to assets belonging to authorities, organizations, and individuals within the province. The suspects’ actions were aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration to establish the so-called Degar Central Highlands.

Following the verdict, the Daklak People’s Committee will work with local and international authorities to bring the six internationally-wanted suspects to Vietnam for enforcement of their judgments.

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