Khanh Hoa: Man imprisoned for anti-State activities hinh anh 1Nguyen Tri Gioan at the court (Photo: VNA)
Khanh Hoa (VNA) - The People's Court in the central province of Khanh Hoa on November 15 sentenced Nguyen Tri Gioan, born in 1979, to seven years in prison on the charge of “making, storing, distributing and disseminating information, documents and items aimed at sabotaging the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Clause 1 of Article 117 in the 2015 Penal Code.

Gioan will also get three-year probation at his place of residence after finishing the jail term.

According to the indictment of the People's Procuracy of Khanh Hoa province, Gioan often watched articles and images with contents that distort, defame, and insult the Party and State's policies and guidelines on the Internet. In February 2018, Gioan set up a personal Facebook account, making friends with many Facebook accounts of political reactionists. From this personal account, Gioan publicly posted and shared six articles and many pictures self-composed or collected and shared from friends on Facebook and websites to express anti-State views.

In addition, in June 2018, Gioan participated in a large gathering in Binh Tan district, Ho Chi Minh City, to protest against the draft Law on Special Economic Zones and was fined 750,000 VND (33 USD) for the act of gathering in public places, causing public disorder, by the Police of Tan Tao Ward in Binh Tan District.

In August 2018, Cam Ranh city Police summoned Gioan to work on contents posted on his personal facebook account. Gioan admitted his wrongdoing and pledged to remove the posts himself.

Although Gioan then did not post any new articles, he still maintained his personal account, kept the mode open and did not remove the posts as committed.

In late 2019, he set up an additional Facebook account, posting, spreading and sharing seven articles and photos with reactionary contents.

The jury said that Gioan's behaviour was dangerous to society, sowing suspicion and splitting the national great unity bloc, and inciting thoughts and actions against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam./.