The People’s Court of the central province of Phu Yen on September 11 sentenced Ngo Hao, a resident of Tuy Hoa city, to 15 years in prison for conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration.

According to the indictment of the provincial People’s Procuracy, between 2008 and December 2012, Ngo Hao wrote many articles and distributed various documents all of which contained distorted information about the regime and defamed leaders. He did all this under the instruction of Nguyen Chinh Ket, a member of an overseas organisation called Bloc 8406, with the aim of overthrow the administration of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

He also carried out activities under the principle and goals of the so-called “Exiled Government of the Republic of Vietnam” led by Nguyen Van Chuc (in the US), inducing several people to join him in searching for weapons hidden by Nguyen Tat Thinh (former governor of Go Cong province) before 1975, and to receive documents defaming the administration and the Communist Party of Vietnam.

Hao received money from the “Exiled Government of the Republic of Vietnam” for many times and also asked the organisation to send money to those involved in activities organised by him.

The provincial Investigation Police found out about Hao’s acts and brought legal proceedings against him on February 7, 2013. The provincial People’s Procuracy in August prosecuted Hao for implementing activities to overthrow the people’s administration under Clause 1, Article 79 of the Criminal Code.-VNA