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Vietnam releases high-profile dissident who tried to sue PM

Published on Apr 8, 2014 6:21 PM
 
This file picture taken on April 4, 2011 shows French-trained prominent dissident and legal expert Cu Huy Ha Vu (Center) in court in Hanoi during his trial. One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, who was jailed after trying to sue the prime minister, has been freed and has left for the United States, a US official said Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

HANOI (AFP) - One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, who was jailed after trying to sue the prime minister, has been freed and has left for the United States, a US official said Tuesday.

French-trained lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu, the son of a Vietnamese revolutionary leader, was sentenced in April 2011 to seven years in prison for "anti-state activity".

The release of the 55-year-old, who last year staged a hunger strike to draw attention to his treatment in jail, followed intense campaigning by rights groups and foreign governments.

"We welcome the decision by Vietnamese authorities to release prisoner of conscience Dr Cu Huy Ha Vu," US Embassy spokesman Spencer Cryder told AFP.

 
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