SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Mr. Le Cong Dinh, a well respected member of the Vietnamese and international legal communities, and a former Fulbright scholar, was arrested June 13, 2009 by Vietnamese authorities on charges of “distributing propaganda against the state.” Vietnamese officials stated that Mr. Dinh was arrested because of his defense of pro-democracy activists and his use of the Internet to express his views. His original sentence was five years but he was released eighteen months early in advance of the Vietnamese New Year.
The U.S. Department of State has followed Mr. Dinh’s case closely and had urged the Government of Vietnam to release Mr. Dinh and all other prisoners in detention for peacefully expressing their views.
Dr. Ngai Nguyen, the Vice Secretary of the Democratic Party of Vietnam said, “We are extremely pleased with the release today of Le Cong Dinh and welcome him back to the community. We also thank our U.S. State Department, numerous members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the media and human rights activists around the world for their continued support during Mr. Dinh’s confinement.”