Le Thanh Tung
|Days In Jail:||1139 days|
|Arrest Date:||January 8, 2016|
|Trial Date:||December 16, 2016|
|Appeal Date:||May 26, 2017|
|Sentence:||12 years in prison follow by 4 years house arrest|
|Charge:||Article 79 (Attempting to overthrow the government)|
|Location:||Ba Sao Prison Camp|
Le Thanh Tung, a former military officer, is a blogger and member of Bloc 8406. Mr Tung wrote online posts calling Vietnam democratize with a multi-party system, which is contrary to Vietnam’s one party rule. Since he began writing about human rights issues in Vietnam, Tung had been detained by Hanoi police 13 times. He was arrested in December 2011 and sentenced in August 2012 for a 5-year prison term under Article 88, “Propaganda against the socialist state”.
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).