HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in central Vietnam has found 14 democracy activists guilty of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced them to jail terms ranging from three to 13 years, amid an ongoing crackdown on peaceful dissent.
Defense lawyer Nguyen Thi Hue says the People’s Court in Nghe An province sentenced three defendants to 13 years during the two-day trial, which ended Wednesday. She says 11 others received jail terms ranging from three to eight years. One of the three-year terms was suspended.
Another defense lawyer, Tran Thu Nam, says the defendants, who were arrested in 2011, were found guilty of attending overseas training courses on nonviolent struggle and Internet security.