Defendant Dao Quang Thuc at the trial on September 19 (Photo: VNA)

Hoa Binh (VNA) – The People’s Court of northern Hoa Binh province on September 19 sentenced Dao Quang Thuc to 14 years in prison for conducting “activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration” under Clause 1, Article 79, the 1999 Penal Code.

Thuc, born in 1960 and residing in Toan Son commune of Da Bac district, will also be kept under surveillance for five years after finishing his prison term.

According to the indictment, Thuc, a former teacher at Trieu Phuc Lich Primary School in Da Bac district, used to commit law violations for many times and often undermined solidarity at his working place and the local community, forcing local authorities to take actions to deal with him.

After that, he became discontented and to conduct sabotage activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration, Thuc used his two Facebook accounts and email to contact with domestic and overseas reactionary forces. He also posted and shared many articles and comments with anti-State contents.

Thuc joined the “Chinh phu Quoc Gia Viet Nam lam thoi” (Provisional National Government of Vietnam), a reactionary and terrorist organisation that aims to eradicate the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam by armed riots. He carried out many activities and wrote many articles with anti-State contents to send to this organisation.

State agencies warned Thuc about those activities for many times, and he also pledged to stop such actions and not take part in reactionary organisations. However, Thuc still continued anti-State activities and even colluded with some others to plan terror attacks targeted at senior officials of Thanh Hoa and Hoa Binh provinces, the indictment said.

Searching Thuc’s house, police seized many evidence relating to his anti-State activities.

At the first-instance trial, the defendant admitted all of his violations.–VNA