The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

Vietnam jails 3 bloggers for 'anti-state propaganda'


HO CHI MINH CITY (AFP) - A court in southern Vietnam on Monday jailed three bloggers for "anti-state propaganda", including one whose case has been raised by United States (US) President Barack Obama.

High-profile blogger Nguyen Van Hai, alias Dieu Cay, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and policewoman-turned-dissident Ta Phong Tan was given 10 years after a trial lasting just a few hours.

"Their crimes were especially serious with clear intention against the state," Court President Nguyen Phi Long said, adding that "they must be seriously punished".

Phan Thanh Hai, the only one of the trio to plead guilty, was handed a four-year term. All of the defendants will also have to serve between three and five years under house arrest after they complete their prison sentences.