Hanoian arrested for anti-state propaganda

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A man who recently sued the PM over the bauxite mines in the Central Highlands was arrested for "spreading propaganda against the State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam," police told a press briefing Saturday.

The 53-year-old Cu Huy Ha Vu wrote many documents whose content defamed the Vietnamese state and was contrary to the people's benefits to propagandize them, said lieutenant-general Hoang Kong Tu, head of the Investigation Agency under the Ministry of Public Security.

The documents showed that Vu wanted to overthrow the government, implement a multi-party government, and called for foreign intervention, Tu said.

Vu had relations with anti-government individuals and forces in Vietnam and abroad, said the lieutenant-general.

In addition, He has granted more than 20 interviews to anti-Vietnam overseas reactionary elements' radios and newspapers and transferred his own documents to them to use in oppose the Vietnamese state, Tu said.

Besides, Vu spread false information about the government and officials, confusing people and provoking them to slander the Party and state officials, Tu added.

Vu alledgely violated Article 88 of the Criminal Code. He could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Vu's documents were found on his laptop computer and house after Ho Chi Minh City police detained him for his extra-marital affair. He was caught at a hotel room in the city with a woman on Thursday.

The Hanoi-based man, who obtained a doctorate in law in France and now runs a law firm with his wife in the capital city, is the son of well-known poet Cu Huy Can and a nephew of Xuan Dieu, also one of the country's most famous poets. However, Vu is not a practicing lawyer.

Last year, Vu filed petition with the Hanoi People's Court against Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's approval of a plan to exploit bauxite mines in the Central Highlands, but the suit was dismissed.

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