The Appeal Court of the Supreme People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City on August 14 commuted the prison sentence for a defendant convicted of “conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”

Pham Nguyen Thanh Binh, born 1983 and a resident in HCM City, has his sentence reduced from three years to two years, pursuant to Article 88 of the Penal Code.

The court also required Binh to be put on probation for three years after he finishes his prison term.

According to the indictment, in early 2012, Binh became acquainted with Nguyen Xuan Chau, who heads a reactionary organisation in Australia, via the internet.

He agreed to write eight articles for Chau with contents distorting the Party’s guidelines and the Government’s management, as well as slandering Party and State leaders.

Chau then posted the articles on the internet with the aim of inciting the public to rise up against the State.

During the investigation process, Binh showed a sincere and cooperative attitude and pledged to clemency.-VNA