US citizen arrested for “terrorism”

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US citizen arrested for “terrorism”

Nguyen Quoc Quan or Richard Nguyen, a US citizen of Vietnamese origin, has been held for 4 months on charges of terrorist acts committed against the people’s government under Article 84 of the Vietnamese penal code.

Nguyen Quoc QUang Nguyen Quoc Quan. Photo: The Investigation and Security Agency

The 58-year-old was arrested upon his arrival in Vietnam through Tan Son Nhat Airport on April 17 after police caught him bringing documents on terrorist training to allegedly incite demonstrations in Ho Chi Minh City as well as other provinces and cities during nationwide celebrations commermorating the 37th anniversary of Reunification Day on April 30 and May Day on May 1.

Quan, a member of Viet Tan Party based in the US, was previously sentenced to six months behind bars for terrorism at a court in 2008.

After being deported from Vietnam, Quan went to Thailand and Malaysia to train Viet Tan party’s members on nonviolent tactics for civil resistance.

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