Appeals court reduces jail terms for two in subversive attempt

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Vietnam's highest court Friday reduced sentences for two people who were convicted of promoting subversive documents, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Nguyen Phuong Uyen, 21, had her jail term decreased to a  three-year suspended sentence, and 52 months of probation, heard the trial held by the Supreme People's  Court in the southern province of Long An.

A student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry before being arrested last year, Uyen was sentenced to six years in prison at the first trial in May this year.

The court also halved the eight-year jail term that was initially given to Dinh Nguyen Kha, a 25-year-old computer technician in Long An, the news agency reported Friday.

According to the indictment, Kha and Uyen had subversive acts instructed by ringleader Nguyen Thien Thanh, who is living in Thailand, via the Internet.

Prosecutors said they got acquainted through the social network Facebook between April and May last year.

Thanh then asked them to join a subversive organization called Tuoi tre yeu nuoc (Patriotic Youth).

On August 31, Thanh sent three documents to Kha so the latter could stick them in public places along with slogans and a flag of the former Republic of Vietnam that was based in Saigon and backed by the US.

Thanh asked Kha to take photos of the documents in public places and send the photos to him so he could upload them onto the organization's website.

Kha then stuck the slogans and flag of the former regime around in Tan An Town of Long An, while Uyen did the same things in her hometown in Ham Tri Commune, the central province of Binh Thuan.

On October 10, the duo distributed leaflets in Hoc Mon District, HCMC, prosecutors said.

Both Kha and Uyen were found guilty of "distributing subversive propaganda."

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