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Vietnamese woman jailed for six years over anti-state activities

Vietnamese woman jailed for six years over anti-state activities

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 14:30 GMT+7
Vietnamese woman jailed for six years over anti-state activities
Le Thi Kim Phi stands trial at the People’s Court in An Giang Province, Vietnam, March 16, 2022. Photo: Tien Vu / Tuoi Tre

A 63-year-old woman from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has been sentenced to six years in prison for participating in activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration.

The People’s Court in An Giang Province handed a six-year jail term to Le Thi Kim Phi, 63, from My Binh Ward, Long Xuyen City, following a trial on Wednesday.

In September 2020, Phi used her Facebook account to make friends with several members of the so-called ‘Chinh phu quoc gia Viet Nam lam thoi’ (Provisional National Government of Vietnam) – a U.S.-based exiled reactionary organization led by Dao Minh Quan, according to the indictment.

From September to December the same year, Phi regularly commented on, liked, and shared articles, video clips, and images with content aimed at sabotaging the Party and state.

The woman applied to the reactionary organization in late December and participated in online meetings with other members to discuss its operations and training procedures.

She was also assigned to propagate and promote its message, as well as recruit new members.

Police in An Giang arrested and initiated legal proceedings against Phi on July 15, 2021 after searching her house. 

The provincial Department of Information and Communications has assessed the videos and documents shared and posted on Phi’s Facebook account and concluded that they contain anti-Party and state propaganda.

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Duy Khang - Tien Vu - Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre News

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