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Sentence of top human rights activists upheld

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HANOI (Reuters) – A Vietnamese court on Monday upheld prison sentences against four human rights campaigners convicted of attempting to overthrow the state, a lawyer said.

The Hanoi People’s High Court rejected the appeals by the four against an April trial verdict that charged them with activities “aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration”.

Nguyen Trung Ton and Truong Minh Duc were sentenced to 12 years in prison during the April trial, while Nguyen Bac Truyen received a 11-year prison sentence and Pham Van Troi a 7-year sentence.

“The jury upheld the sentences, arguing the convicted didn’t have any new evidence to show they are innocent,” Troi’s lawyer, Ngo Anh Tuan, told Reuters.

“The sentences given to them are too heavy given that their activities haven’t left any adverse impacts on society,” Tuan said.

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