Le Dinh Luong
|Days In Jail:||1640 days|
|Activity:||Blogger; Religious activist|
|Birth date:||December 10, 1965|
|Arrest Date:||July 25, 2017|
|Trial Date:||August 16, 2018|
|Appeal Date:||October 18, 2018|
|Sentence:||20 years in prison follow by 5 years house arrest|
|Charge:||Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)|
|Location:||Nghi Kim Detention Center|
Le Dinh Luong is a community organiser and blogger. Local authorities arbitrarily detained him on July 25 2017 while he on his way to visit the wife of prisoner of conscience Nguyen Van Oai. Luong has been working with his local community members to speak up against various social injustices including the Formosa environmental disaster and unjust taxation in the area. Luong, under the pen name Lo Ngoc, wrote Facebook posts speaking out against China’s encroachment of the Paracel and Spratly islands as well as the unfair compensation for fishermen along the central coast after the Formosa fish crisis.
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).