Vietnam frees dissident on appeal in rare show of leniency
HANOI (AP) - A Vietnamese appeals court overturned a six-year prison sentence against a dissident and halved the jail term of another in a rare show of leniency by the country's Communist authorities.
The decision followed meetings last month between President Barack Obama and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Mr Obama pressed Vietnam to take concrete steps to improve its human rights record - a major sticking point in ties between the two countries.
Ms Nguyen Phuong Uyen, 21, was convicted of violating national security laws in May for distributing leaflets against the Communist Party and sentenced to six years. The appeals court on Friday changed that sentence to a 3-year suspended one and released her. It halved the eight-year sentence against fellow activist, 25-year-old Dinh Nguyen Kha.
Their lawyer Nguyen Thanh Luong said judges cited their young age in the decision.