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Writer who was assaulted gets three-and-a-half-year sentence on trumped-up assault charge

first_img April 7, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News VietnamAsia – Pacific News Thuy was already jailed in 2007 for writing articles critical of the government for websites and dissident publications: http://www.rsf.org/Leading-woman-writer-arrested-for.html. She was freed in February 2008 but the political police kept her under surveillance and continued to harass her.Another woman writer, Pham Thanh Nghien, received a four-year jail sentence a few weeks ago in Hai Phong on a charge of “propaganda” against the regime under article 88 of the criminal code. Reporters Without Borders condemns the three-and-a-half-year sentence which a Hanoi court passed today on writer and human rights activist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy on a trumped-up charge of assault. Analysis of some of the prosecution’s evidence against Thuy and her husband, Do Ba Tan, who was given a suspended sentence, shows that it was fabricated by the police. Thuy and her husband assaulted no one. On the contrary, they were the victims of violence on the part of the security forces, which have been making their lives impossible for years.The court convicted the couple of assaulting two neighbours on the evening of 8 October 2009, the day that Thuy tried to travel to Hai Phong (to the east of Hanoi) to attend the trial of six pro-democracy activists. The police intercepted her while she was en route to Hai Phong and escorted her back to the capital.In the evening, two individuals who were clearly in cahoots with the police entered the couple’s home and hit Thuy with a brick, injuring her. Her husband took her to hospital where they were arrested by the police. The next day, the state media carried reports accusing the couple of attacking two neighbours.The police file includes a photo that is supposed to show the injuries that one of the neighbours received at the hands of the couple. But it can be established from an IT analysis of the photo that it was taken in February 2005 and not October 2009, as the police claim (see photo and results of analysis). Col. Vu Cong Long and the other officers in charge of the case clearly fabricated the evidence in order to punish a well-known government critic. Instead of trying her under article 88 of the criminal code, which concerns dissident activities, they preferred to accuse her of violating article 104.“The hidden motive for this grotesque trial and verdict was the desire of the police authorities to silence a critic for a long time, a critic who has never ceased to peacefully defend human rights,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The security forces mounted a Machiavellian response to Thuy’s courage.” Reporters Without Borders has just sent a letter to the European Union’s leaders, including Catherine Ashton and the Spanish presidency, asking them to suspend its human rights dialogue with Vietnam in protest against the recent wave of arrests and trials of pro-democracy activists.Thuy was transferred on 19 October to Hoa Lu prison near Hanoi, where the authorities have denied her the medical attention she needs for the diabetes and advanced tuberculosis she suffers from. Reporters Without Borders already condemned the government’s “criminal” refusal to release Thuy despite the deterioration in her health in a release in November: http://www.rsf.org/Information-about-imprisoned.html News Follow the news on Vietnam Help by sharing this information Organisation VietnamAsia – Pacific Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison RSF_en February 5, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Writer who was assaulted gets three-and-a-half-year sentence on trumped-up assault charge April 22, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alertslast_img read more

Home alone elderly woman confronted by 22-year-old

first_imgNewsLocal NewsHome alone elderly woman confronted by 22-year-oldBy admin – July 31, 2012 835 A PROBATION report has been ordered for a convicted drug addict who kicked open the bedroom door of an old age pensioner in search of money while she slept.  Ray Tully of O’Donnoghue Avenue, Janesboro, pleaded guilty at Limerick Circuit Court to the burglary of the home of his 86-year-old neighbour on June 3, 2011. Tully pleaded guilty to burglary and to criminal damage at the address after he gained entry to the house by breaking a downstairs window.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up State evidence was given where an elderly lady was home alone on the night in question, when she was confronted by a raider who kicked open her locked bedroom door before he fled the scene.The pensioner contacted her nephew who, in turn, contacted Roxboro Garda Station.Tully was arrested two days later and made admissions to breaking the window and causing the damage valued at €500 and entering the property in search of money to feed his drug habit.“I was stoned out of my head,” he told gardai when questioned about the incident, “but I wish I could apologise to that lady now”.The woman, who suffered no injury only the trauma of the frightful experience, it was said, had locked her bedroom door for security reasons as she lived alone.Tully told gardai that he thought the house was unoccupied and that there might be something contained in the locked room.The court heard that the accused had previous convictions for criminal damage, possession of drugs and public order incidents. He also had convictions for the possession of a knife and certain implements as well as for theft.22-year-old Tully received a short sentence for a similar burglary matter, Judge Carroll Moran heard, and that he was on remand since December 11 last.Mark Nicholas, defence counsel, said that the accused fell into heroin addiction when he was 15 and that issues developed connected to his drug taking.The court heard that Tully immediately left upon finding the pensioner inside and that it was not a “clever” crime and something that was more “spontaneous” than anything else.He added that Tully was dealing with his addictions, and a letter from his drug counsellor was furnished to the court.Judge Carroll Moran adjourned the matter until October 2 next, remanded the accused in custody and asked for an updated report from the Probation Services. Twitter Facebook Linkedin Printcenter_img Email Advertisement WhatsApp Previous articleStored over 90,000 cigarettes for ‘sinister group’Next articleHijacked taxi driver tells court of panic attacks adminlast_img read more