Nguyen Dinh Thanh
Current Status: Sentenced to prison
Other Names: Nguyễn Đình Thành
Date of Birth: 1991
Occupation: Medical professional
Last Known Prison: Detention Center, Binh Duong Province
Areas of Activism:
- Freedom of expression
Details - Background, Family Situation.
Thanh is from Binh Duong Province. He graduated from Hanoi Medical University. He was working at the Medical Center of Thuan An Town, Binh Duong Province, prior to his arrest.
Arrested June 8, 2018. Sentenced to 7 years in prison under Art. 117 (2015 Code). Expected Release is June 8, 2025.
- Art. 117 (2015 Code)
- freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
- liberty and security of the person
- freedom of expression
- freedom of peaceful assembly
- fair trial
- political participation
Thanh was arrested on June 8 by the police of Binh Duong province.
On September 30, Thanh was allowed to meet his mother at the detention center. He told her not to worry and to think he went away to school for a year.
He is currently held at the Detention Center of Binh Duong Province (Province Police).
On October 17, 2018, The People’s Court of Binh Duong Province held the first instance court hearing against Nguyen Dinh Thanh and sentenced him to seven years in prison for “making, storing, spreading information, materials, items for the purpose of opposing the State of Socialist Republic of Vietnam” under Article 117 of the 2015 Penal Code. Thanh created and printed more than 3,300 leaflets, containing pictures and articles, for use to protest the draft law on Special Economic Zones. On June 8, he was arrested by the Investigation Agency of Binh Duong province while copying those documents. Authorities alleged he also posted anti-state content on his Facebook account.
At his first instance court hearing, Thanh did not have a chosen defense counsel, only a lawyer appointed by the court. His mother and brother were not allowed to come into the courtroom and could only watch the trial through a screen.
On November 2, the timeframe to appeal his sentence ended. However, according to Facebooker Nguyen Thien Nhan, Thanh had not written an appeal before that. On November 1, his mother came to the detention center to talk to him about appealing but was not allowed to see him. She could only send him items and will later be able to meet him on November 15.
Vietnamese Medical Doctor Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Printing 3,300 Leaflets, Defend the Defenders, October 17, 2018
Profile last updated: 2019-01-15 02:29:57