9 arrested for plot to overthrow Vietnamese government

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Nine people allegedly belonging to a subversive organization in the central province of Phu Yen have been arrested on charges of attempting to overthrow the government, the local police said at a press conference Monday.

Major-general Pham Van Hoa, director of the Phu Yen police, said the group, led by Tran Cong, 64, was busted Sunday at its base in the Huynh Long ecology tourist area owned by Cong in Dong Hoa District.

The police seized hundreds of documents, 19 detonators, 10 radios, and other devices.

Cong, real name Phan Van Thu, had been sentenced to 10 years in 1975 for running another subversive organization. He broke out of prison in 1976 before being arrested again two years later.

After serving his time he moved in 1984 to the southern province of Dong Nai, where he joined hands with the others to found the group.

Later Cong moved to the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong and established Hoang Long Company in 2004.

The company developed the eco-tourist area, which was used as the group's base, the police said.

According to Hoa, the group's membership, including overseas Vietnamese, topped 300, and it had a presence in every province and city, and sought to overthrow the government.

The investigation continues.

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