On January 8, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court sentenced Lo Thanh Thao to three and a half years imprisonment and two years probation on the charge of “conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.”

The sentence was given under Clause 1, Article 88 of the 1999 Penal Code.

According to the indictment, in early 2010, Thao, born in Dong Nai province in 1977, became acquainted with Nguyen Thi Nhi from the US over the internet, and received a telephone, a laptop and 490 USD from Nhi to spread leaflets with content against the Vietnamese State.

On March 20, 2012, Thao transported 2,000 leaflets from Dong Nai province to Thu Thiem Bridge, Binh Thanh district, Ho Chi Minh City, to spread around the city.

Four days later, she flyposted more leaflets in District 1. Thao filmed and photographed her work a nd emailed her actions to Nhi.

On March 26, Thao was arrested by Binh Tan district police when she was found taking photos of complainants gathering at a restricted area.

At court, Thao pleaded guilty and said she hopes to receive forgiveness from the Party and State. -VNA