Vietnam upholds jail term for hero fish farmer
HANOI (AFP) - A Vietnamese fish farmer who became a folk hero after he used homemade weapons to resist forced eviction lost his appeal against a five-year jail term for attempted murder, a court clerk said on Wednesday.
Doan Van Vuon and his family became heroes in Vietnam when they armed themselves with makeshift shotguns and landmines to hold off local officials trying to remove them from their fish farm.
Seven policemen were injured in the January 2012 stand-off at the farm in Tien Lang district, 90 kilometres east of Hanoi. Vuon and three of his male relatives were handed between two and five years in prison at a trial in April.
At the appeal in Hai Phong City, which ended on Tuesday, the court upheld Vuon's sentence - and that of his brother - for attempted murder, a court clerk told AFP.