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Vietnam blogger jailed for 14 years

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Vietnamese prominent dissidents Hoang Duc Binh (R) and Nguyen Nam Phong stand at a court in Nghe An province, Vietnam February 6, 2018. Reuters

HANOI (Reuters) – A court in central Vietnam jailed a prominent environmental blogger yesterday for 14 years for abusing his democratic freedom and opposing officials on duty, his lawyer said. Vietnamese activist Hoang Duc Binh, known as Hoang Binh, led several protests against authorities over the handling of a major environmental disaster caused by a steel plant being developed by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp in 2016. Binh received two seven-year prison sentences for “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe state interests” and for “opposing officials on duty”, while a fellow activist Nguyen Nam Phong received a two-year term, their lawyer Ha Huy Son said. “Binh said he was innocent, while Phong asked for a reduction of the sentence… The trial was conducted without evidence and objectivity,” Mr Son said.

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