Saturday, December 26, 2009
Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested Catholic lawyer, Paul Le Cong Dinh on charges of working with foreigners to overthrow the government and creating "propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam."
The lawyer reportedly "compiled papers distorting the government's economic and social policies, slandering high ranking officials, and causing division among people." He also sent his papers to websites based in foreign countries, media reported.
Authorities also charge Dinh, 41, with working with "reactionary forces" in foreign countries to overthrow the regime.
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Dinh was arrested on 13 June in his home in Ho Chi Minh and faces up to 20 years in jail on charges of distributing anti-state propaganda, sedition and conspiring with subversives. Join the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), International PEN's Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC), Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, ARTICLE 19 and Index on Censorship to demand his immediate release.