Nguyen Van Son
Current Status: Sentenced to probation
Other Names: Nguyễn Văn Son
Date of Birth: October 28, 1956
Areas of Activism:
- Human rights
On March 23 Le Van Dung, aka Le Dung Vova, was sentenced to five years in prison plus five years of probation by a Hanoi court for “anti-state propaganda” under Article 117. Dung was accused of posting video clips that allegedly defame the Communist Party. In court, he did not deny posting the material but insisted it was legal to do so. Dung’s lawyer said his client would appeal the verdict. Even though the trial supposedly was open, Dung’s wife and his mother were not allowed inside the courtroom.
Dung was on the run for a few months before he got arrested at a relative’s house. His relative, Nguyen Van Son, was also tried on the same day and was given an 18-month suspended sentence and 36 months of unsupervised probation.
Details - Background, History of Activism, Family Situation.
Nguyen Van Son lives and works in Phuong Tu Ward, Ung Hoa District, Hanoi.
He has no formal history of activism.
Son has been included in our database because he was arrested for protecting a human rights defender who was persecuted for his peaceful expression.
Nhà báo độc lập Lê Văn Dũng bị bắt, Voice of America Vietnamese, June 30, 2021
Arrested June 30, 2021. Sentenced to 1 year 6 months probation under Art. 389 (2015 Code). Expected Release is December 30, 2022.
- Art. 389 (2015 Code)
- freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
- liberty and security of the person
- fair trial
- respect of privacy, family, home, and correspondence
It was reported that Le Van Dung had sought refuge in Nguyen Van Son's house in Phuong Tu Ward, Ung Hoa District, Hanoi. Dung was arrested there on June 30. Son was arrested, too, for “concealing a crime."
Though the exact date of Son’s arrest is unknown, we have estimated he was likely arrested the same day as Dung, on June 30, 2021.
His health is stable.
It is reported that Son has no record of mental health issues.
Nhà báo độc lập Lê Văn Dũng bị bắt, VOA Vietnamese, June 30, 2021
Lê Dũng "Vova" bị bắt sau gần 1 tháng trốn truy nã, Lao Dong, June 30, 2021
Khởi tố người giúp Lê Dũng Vova trốn truy nã, Tuổi Trẻ Online, July 27, 2021
Khởi tố người giúp Lê Dũng "Vova" khi bị can này trốn truy nã | Tin tức mới nhất 24h, Lao Dong, July 27 2021
Ha Huy Son Facebook post about the trial, March 2022
Profile last updated: 2022-11-16 15:58:55