A court in the southern province of Dong Nai Wednesday sentenced to 11 years in jail a 66-year-old woman for attempting to overthrow the government, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
The newspaper quoted the indictment as saying that Pham Thi Phuong joined an anti-government organization while she was living in Thailand and plotted actions against the Party and the government.
She fled the country in December 2002 after police began investigating accusations that she had cheated 16 local families between 1998 and 2002 of over US$17,000 and VND250 million ($12,000) by promising to help them emigrate overseas, the indictment said.
On April 17 last year she returned to Vietnam with plans to destroy the Ho Chi Minh Statute on the National Liberation Day (April 30), hanging banners and distributing leaflets calling for the government to be overthrown, the Tuoi Tre report said.
However, she was arrested on April 21.
The Dong Nai People's Court said Phuong's jail term also included a year awarded as punishment for faking documents.