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13 Aug 2015

Radio Free Asia

Vietnam: Court releases Mekong Delta land rights activist, sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2011

"Vietnamese Court Releases Mekong Delta Land Rights Activist", 10 Aug 2015

Vietnamese authorities released a land activist from prison..., where he was serving a five-year sentence for attempting to overthrow the government. Duong Kim Khai, pastor of a Mennonite church offshoot known as the Cow Shed Church...[said] that despite his release, he has no home to return to...Khai had helped land rights petitioners from the Mekong Delta file complaints with local, provincial, and national officials after their land was seized by local authorities and sold to developers. He was arrested in August 2010 and convicted along with six other land rights activists of “attempting to overthrow the people’s administration” by the Ben Tre People’s Court in south Vietnam in May 2011. 
 Khai received a sentence of six years in prison and five years of probation...In August 2011, Khai’s sentence was reduced by a year at an appeals trial in southern Ben Tre province.