Four women in Nam Dinh have been put on probation for setting fire to a military-owned cell phone tower built near their homes.
The women claimed that they were afraid that the station would affect their homes in stormy weather, VnExpress said Monday.
The women Dang Thi Thuy, Lai Thi Quy, Pham Thi Sen and Nguyen Thi Ha were indicted with destroying construction that is important to national security.
On the night of May 4, the women set fire to a base transceiver station (BTS) of by Viettel, the country's leading telecommunication corporation owned by the Vietnam Military.
Quy helped come up with the plan but wasn't directly involved in the act. She claims she got lost on her way to the station and decided to abandon the plan.
The station was only damaged by the fire.
Each of the women were sentenced to two years of probation. They were also asked to pay damages amounting to VND25 million (US$1,280).