A court in the northern province of Bac Giang on Monday sentenced three residents to varying jail terms for "distributing propaganda against the state," Vietnam News Agency reported.
Nguyen Kim Nhan was sentenced to five and a half years in jail and four years' probation while Dinh Van Nhuong and Do Van Hoa each got four years imprisonment and three years' probation.
According to the indictment, due to "personal dissatisfaction," the three spent years filing complaints against local government.
They connected with some anti-state suspects inside Vietnam and some anti-state radios and newspapers outside Vietnam and provided them with false information about the Communist Party of Vietnam and the people's administration, the indictment said.
It also said that the three accused made, collected and stored documents with distorted information aiming to defame leaders of the Party and the state and to divide the people and the Party.
They also defamed the Party and state in interviews on foreign media and distributed the documents to other land petitioners in order to incite them to cause disorder, the indictment said.
The Vietnam News Agency reported that the three individuals did not plead guilty at the Monday trial.