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Woman in Vietnam indicted for anti-State activities

Woman in Vietnam indicted for anti-State activities

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 17:18 GMT+7
Woman in Vietnam indicted for anti-State activities
Le Thi Kim Phi is seen in police custody in An Giang Province, Vietnam. Photo: Minh Phuoc / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese police have arrested and prosecuted a woman who joined an overseas reactionary organization and performed her assigned tasks that were aimed to subvert the administration.

Police of southern An Giang Province on Friday prosecuted 62-year-old Le Thi Kim Phi, a local resident, on charges of “acting to overthrow the people’s administration”, as prescribed in Vietnam’s Penal Code.

The woman was found using her Facebook account named “Phi Kim” from September to December 2020 to contact with a number of reactionaries being members of the so-called “Provisional National Government of Vietnam,” an U.S.-based exiled reactionary organization led by Dao Minh Quan.    

During the period, Phi regularly read, commented and shared articles, videos and photos with contents against the Party and the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, investigators said.

She joined this reactionary organization in January this year and was assigned to propagate and promote its activities, as well as recruit new members.

After keeping watch on Phi’s reactionary activities, police have seized from her Facebook account six videos and 440 pages of materials that were used for propaganda against the State and activities aimed at overturning the administration.

The provincial police are continuing their investigation into the case.

Three months ago, the Hau Giang Province People’s Court sentenced another Facebook user, Dang Hoang Minh, 28, to seven years in prison on charges of “making, storing and spreading information, materials and items against the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”

From June to December 2020, Minh posted on his Facebook account many articles that slandered and insulted the Party and the State, offended the late President Ho Chi Minh, distorted and defamed the administration, and disseminated fabricated information that caused confusion to the public, according to the indictment.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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