a Hanoi appeal court today confirmed dissident lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan’s 30-month jail sentence and fine of 40,000 euros on a trumped-up charge of tax fraud

a Hanoi appeal court today confirmed dissident lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan’s 30-month jail sentence and fine of 40,000 euros on a trumped-up charge of tax fraud
February 19 2014

Today’s ruling confirmed the sentence that Quan, 41, received at the end of his trial in Hanoi last October. Although charged with tax evasion, it was clear that the real reason for his arrest was his blogging and his calls for political pluralism, religious freedom and civil rights.

A court in Vietnam on Tuesday rejected an appeal by jailed prominent government critic Le Quoc Quan against his conviction on tax evasion charges, upholding a 30-month prison sentence despite claims that the case was politically motivated.

Hundreds of his supporters demonstrated outside the Hanoi People’s Court of Appeals, in a rare mass protest in Vietnam where the authoritarian Communist government keeps a tight lid on dissent.

Quan’s family decried the half-day hearing as “unfair” after the Catholic lawyer and blogger, who has been on a hunger strike for more than two weeks, appeared to faint from exhaustion during the proceedings. 


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