Man receives five years in prison for anti-State propaganda
The People’s Court of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre has sentenced Nguyen Van Cong Em to five years in jail for “making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Article 117 of the 2015 Criminal Code.
At the trial for Em, born in 1971 and residing in My Thanh commune, Giong Trom district of Ben Tre, on September 17, the court ruled he will be supervised for another five years in his residence after his release from jail.
According to the indictment of Ben Tre People’s Procuracy, since mid-2017, Em has used many different Facebook accounts, including “Ve Quoc Doan”, “Tan Le”, “Tan Nguyen” and “Le Thanh Bac,” to post and share articles and conduct livestreams of videos with contents distorting Party policies and State law.
He also incited and called on many people to join protests that harmed security and caused disorder during the second summit of the US and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Hanoi from February 27-28 this year.
At the court, Nguyen Van Cong Em admitted his guilt and expressed regret for his wrongdoings.