Vietnamese Catholic activists sentenced to prison terms
May 25, 2012
Four young Vietnamese Catholic activists have been sentenced to prison terms, ranging from 18 to 42 months, for “propaganda against the state.”
As thousands of supporters waited outside the courtroom, protesting the trial, the Vietnamese court issued sentences to the four young people, who had been charged for pro-life activities and for protests against the state seizure of church-owned properties.
Duong Van Dau was sentenced to 42 months in prison, to be followed by 18 months of probation. Tran Huu Duc will be in prison for 38 months, followed by a year of probation. Chu Manh Son received a 36 month sentence and a year of probation. Hoang Phong was sentenced to 18 months in prison.