Four defendants in central Nghe An province were sentenced at a trial of the provincial People’s Court on May 24 on the charge of “conducting propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” pursuant to point C, clause 1, Article 88 of the Criminal Code.

The jury announced that Dau Van Duong, 24, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and another one-and-a-half years probation after serving his jail term.

Meanwhile, Tran Huu Duc, 24, received a 39-month prison term and Chu Manh Son, 23, received a three-year term of imprisonment, both with an additional one year of probation after release.

The other defendant Hoang Phong, 25, received a two-year term of suspended sentence.

According to the verdict of the Nghe An People’s Procuracy, Dau Van Duong, Nguyen Xuan Kim and Tran Huu Duc met Nguyen Van Ly at house No. 69, Phan Dinh Phung Street , Hue city in March 2011. Ly suggested they distribute leaflets calling for boycotting the elections of the 13 th National Assembly and the People’s Councils at all levels in Nghe An province.

With the leaflet design and expenditure provided by Nguyen Van Ly, Duong and his accomplices printed and distributed thousands of leaflets with contents against the State in Nam Dan, Nghi Loc, Dien Chau and Yen Thanh districts on May 20 and 21, 2011.

During the investigation, the investigation agency arrested Hoang Phong. Nghe An police also issued wanted notices against Nguyen Xuan Kim, Dang Xuan Tuong, Trinh Van Thuong and Hoang Duc Ai.-VNA