Bui Van Trung
|Days In Jail:||540 days|
|Arrest Date:||July 26, 2017|
|Trial Date:||February 9, 2018|
|Sentence:||6 years in prison|
|Charge:||Article 245 (Causing public disorder)|
|Location:||An Giang Detention Center|
Bui Van Trung is a teacher and a Hoa Hao Buddhist. On the events of death anniversaries for his passed family members, he used to hold lectures on Hoa Hao buddhist teachings. Bui Van Trung is one of the founders of an independent Hoa Hao Buddhist group and has refused to join the state-sanctioned buddhist group. He was previously detained for 4 years, from 2012, and released in October 2016.
Note on Penal Code provisions:
A revised and expanded penal code took effect January 1, 2018 (known as the “Amended 2015 Penal Code”). While the previous provisions criminalizing political expression remained unchanged, they were renumbered. For instance, Article 79 (attempting to overthrow the government), Article 88 (anti-state propaganda), and Article 258 (abusing democratic rights) were renumbered as Article 109, Article 117, and Article 331, respectively.
For consistency with past media coverage, our database records the Article(s) that the prisoner was charged with (i.e., based on the version of the penal code applicable at the time of the sentencing).