Le Quoc Quan to appeal against his conviction

Convicted recently to 30 months in prison, he told his brother that the judgment was "without any foundation" and said he would appeal against the verdict.

Vietnam
Oct 15 2013, 11:10 AM
Le Quoc Quan to appeal against his conviction

Dissident Vietnamese Catholic lawyer Le Quoc Quan was allowed to meet his family members in prison last week for the first time since his arrest last December.

Convicted recently to 30 months in prison, he told his brother that the judgment was "without any foundation" and said he would appeal against the verdict.

Quan’s brother told Radio Free Asia that the lawyer was “certainly not happy with the verdict and did not agree with it". With the end of the trial and confirmation of the sentence, Hoa Lo Prison authorities in Hanoi have granted Quan's family members a chance to visit him every month.

The Catholic lawyer was arrested on trumped up charges of tax evasion following his fight against religious persecution in Vietnam and criticism in his blog against the monopoly of the Communist Party. During the trial he claimed the allegations were a result of political vendetta while vowing to continue his fight against corruption in the country.

International organizations, groups, Catholic activists and representatives of main religions in Vietnam have all come out in defence of the dissident.

Source: AsiaNews

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