VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam rejected what it referred to as wrong opinions regarding the trial of two former journalists on October 24, stating that it continually encourages the press to join the fight against corruption.
“We reject any wrong opinions about the trial. It was held publicly, in line with legal procedures and in accordance with international human rights standards, including a 1966 civil rights covenant on the rights to freedom of opinion, the expression and collection of information and accompanied liabilities and duties ensuring national security and public order,” he said.
On October 15, the Hanoi People’s Court sentenced Chien to two years in prison and Hai to 24-month non-custodial sentence after being found guilty of the charge of “abusing democratic freedom rights to infringe upon the interests of the State, the legitimate rights and interests of organisations and individuals” under Clause 2 Article 258 of the Penal Code.
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Vietnam rejects wrong views on former journalists’ trial, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oct 24, 2008.
Vietnam rejects wrong views on former journalists’ trial, Oct 25, 2008.