Vietnam tries 22 democracy activists

Last updated 17:41 28/01/2013

Relevant offers

Asia

Thailand arrests suspect in deadly shrine blast The 'saddest bride I have ever seen': Child marriage still popular in Bangladesh Kim Jong-un: It was North Korea's 'military muscle', not negotiation, that avoided war While market panicked, this day trader made NZ$52 million Sinkhole swallows five people in China Kiwi tourist attacked by orangutan China detains 11 over deadly warehouse explosion 'Irish boxer' takes on mob of angry Istanbul shopkeepers North Korea's new airport has an internet room, without the internet Asian stocks meander after China rate cut; Shanghai declines

A Vietnamese court has begun the trial of 22 democracy activists on charges of plotting to overthrow the Communist government in one of the biggest such trials in years.

A court official in central Phu Yen province says the defendants appeared in court on Monday. The official did not give his name, citing government policy.

He says the trial could last five days.

State-controlled media have quoted the indictment as saying the group operated under the cover of an ecotourism company.

The media say the group allegedly authored documents that distorted Communist Party policies to create distrust.

The government appears to be stepping up its campaign on dissidents despite criticism from Western governments.

Earlier this month, 14 activists were sentenced to up to 13 years.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content