Nguyen Van Ly was escorted to the penitentiary on July 25 to continue his imprisonment under the March 30, 2007 verdict of the Thua Thien-Hue provincial People’s Court.

In March 2010, Ly fell sick while serving his sentence at the Ha Nam Prison. Implementing the Vietnamese Party and State’s humanitarian policy, the Chief Judge of the Ha Nam provincial People’s Court decided to allow Ly to have a year of his prison term suspended for medical treatment to take place at the Archdiocese of Hue from March 15, 2010.

However, during the time of sentence suspension, Ly continued to engage in law-breaking activities such as compiling, storing and distributing documents with contents opposing the Party and the State, inciting people to disturb security and order and stage demonstrations.

His activities harmed political security, social order and safety and badly affected the national great unity bloc.

Although the authorised agencies extended the time for his treatment and educated him many times, Ly proved bull-headed and defied the law of the State of Vietnam.

Nguyen Van Ly was born in the central province of Quang Tri in 1946. As a priest, he had been arrested and detained many times due to his systematic law-breaking.

The continued imprisonment of Ly is necessary and totally abides by the Vietnamese law./.