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Members of terrorist group sentenced to up to 13 years in Vietnam

Members of terrorist group sentenced to up to 13 years in Vietnam

Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 11:44 GMT+7
Members of terrorist group sentenced to up to 13 years in Vietnam
This supplied photo shows 12 defendants at their trial at the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on April 18, 2022.

A Vietnam court handed down sentences of three to 13 years in prison to 12 defendants who were members of an overseas terrorist organization acting to overthrow the Vietnamese government.

The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City on Monday handed down judgments on 12 defendants, aged 34 to 73, on charges of ‘conducting acts aiming at overthrowing the people’s administration,’ under Article 109 of the Vietnamese Penal Code.

Among those convicted, Tran Thi Ngoc Xuan, 53, a local resident, got the heaviest sentence of 13 years of imprisonment, followed by Nguyen Thanh Xoan, 50, with 12 years.

The ten other defendants received their jail terms from three to 11 years, depending on their crimes.

They were members of the terrorist organization titled “Provisional National Government of Vietnam,” which was founded in 1990 in the U.S. and led by 70-year-old Dao Minh Quan, a Vietnamese man living in the country.  

Quan is the self-proclaimed “Prime Minister” of the so-called government, which has conducted many propaganda activities advocating armed riots against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Under the instructions of this organization, the defendants have enticed others to join and conducted a ‘referendum’ to elect Quan as ‘the President of the third Republic of Vietnam.’

In Ho Chi Minh City, Xuan joined the organization, through an introduction to one of its key members, and she regularly used Facebook to live stream contents calling for registration and participation in the “referendum.”  

From March to June 2018, Xuan enticed six people, including her husband, two children and three acquaintances, to join the organization.

During this period, Xuan received multiple documents containing distorted information against the State of Vietnam from the group and disseminated them via Facebook.

On February 19, 2019, Xuan brought along five printed sets of such documents when she visited households in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc City, and then handed them to three households there. 

During the time working for the organization, Xuan was gifted a mobile phone, along with the sums of US$300, CA$400 (US$317.9), and VND3 million ($129.7).

Like Xuan, after being lured to become a member of the terrorist group, Xoan spread false information and also enticed and guided four others to vote in the ‘referendum’.

Xoan discussed with Xuan about ways to print and popularize their group’s materials.

Along with disseminating 172 books of the so-called ‘Constitution of the third Republic of Vietnam’ and ‘Biography of President Dao Minh Quan’ on his personal Facebook page, Xoan printed and distributed such materials to other defendants in this case as well as to people inside and outside Vietnam.

Ten other defendants had taken part in various activities of this terrorist organization at different levels in multiple localities including Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Nai, An Giang, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Lam Dong, Phu Yen and Kon Tum Provinces. 

Among these activities was the creation of the group’s flag, whose design consists of three horizontal red stripes on a yellow background.

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Vinh Tho - Dan Thuan / Tuoi Tre News

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