A man from Ha Tinh Province, north-central Vietnam has been sentenced to five years and six months behind bars for his activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration.
The provincial People’s Court on Wednesday handed the jail term to Nguyen Duc Hung, 31, a resident of Ky Phuong Ward, Ky Anh Commune, on charges of “making, storing, distributing, or disseminating information, documents, and items against the state of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Article 117 of the 2015 Penal Code.
From 2016 to 2021, Hung used several Facebook accounts, such as 'Nguyen Duc Hung' and 'Nguyen Duc Hung Sbr,' to edit, upload, and share articles, video clips, and images with content aimed at sabotaging the Party and state, according to the indictment.
In July 2021, Hung joined a secret group on Facebook which spread information to distort and defame the people’s administration, causing public agitation and violating the interests of the state as well as the legitimate rights and interests of individuals and organizations.
Police in Ha Tinh arrested and initiated legal proceedings against Hung in January this year.
At the court, Hung pleaded guilty and asked for a commutation.
Apart from his jail sentence, Hung will be put on probation for two years after serving his prison term.