The Straits Times
Published on Feb 06, 2013

Vietnam frees prominent human rights lawyer: Family


HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam on Wednesday freed a prominent human rights lawyer who served more than three years of a five year sentence for trying to overthrow the regime, his family said.

"He was freed before Tet (Lunar New Year) and because his mother's health is poor," said Dang Ngoc Anh, the sister-in-law of lawyer Le Cong Dinh, 44.

Mr Dinh was one of four democracy activists convicted in January 2010 at a day-long trial in southern Ho Chi Minh City that was was condemned by human rights groups and the European Union.

Dinh, whose sentence also included three years of house arrest after his release from prison, had been detained since June 2009.