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December 03, 2013

Vietnam Drops Terrorism Probe Against Jailed Student Activist

by VOA News

The family of a jailed Vietnamese activist says authorities have decided to drop a year-long investigation into ‘terrorism’ charges against him.

Dinh Nguyen Kha’s brother says they learned of the decision during a recent visit with him in prison where he is serving a four-year sentence for anti-state propaganda.

Dinh Nhat Uy says the investigation was halted because of public and international pressure on Vietnam.

He said, “Our family is very glad to learn that Vietnam finally has to drop ‘terrorism’ charges against Kha. It shows justice has won. Now that Vietnam has become a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council, they must abide by the international rules for which they are a signatory. They can’t keep on arbitrarily convicting people and putting people in jail.”

Vietnamese authorities have not responded to the report.

Kha and his fellow activist Nguyen Phuong Uyen were arrested in October 2012 for distributing anti-state and anti-China leaflets. Kha faced an additional charge of “terrorism” under Article 84. Police at the time told state media that he had conducted experiments with explosives.

Uy was later arrested and give a 15-month suspended sentence for conducting an online campaign against his brother's conviction.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Vietnamese service.