VietNamNet Bridge – The appeal hearing for Cu Huy Ha Vu, 54, who has been given a 7-year jail term for writing many articles against the Vietnamese State and Government, will be opened on August 2, said the Supreme People’s Court.
Cu Huy Ha Vu at the first instance trial in Hanoi on April 4, 2011. (Photo: Lao Dong)
Pursuant to Article 88, Section 1 of the Penal Code, Vu is charged with “conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”
Vu will be defended by four lawyers: Tran Dinh Trien, Tran Vu Hai, Tran Quoc Thuan and Vuong Thi Thanh, said Nguyen Thi Duong Ha, the defendant’s wife, according to VnExpress.
At the first instance hearing conducted by the Hanoi People’s Court on April 4, 2011, Vu was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his offense. In addition, he will be put on supervised probation for 3 years after serving the sentence.
Lawyer Trien told VTC News that Vu has appealed the entire verdict handed down against him by the first instance court.
According to the indictment from the Hanoi People’s Procuracy, from 2009 to October 2010, Vu wrote many anti-State articles and posted them on the Internet.
Vu answered interviews from the Voice of America and the Radio Free Asia, in which he distorted and maligned Party and State guidelines and policies, defamed the administration and State institutions, and blackened the Vietnamese people’s resistance wars.
He also called for a multi-party regime in Vietnam and demanded that Article 4 of the Vietnam’s Constitution be abolished.
The Ministry of Public Security’s investigators seized from Vu about 240 pages of anti-State documents.