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Heavy jail terms for 13 Vietnamese activists

Heavy jail terms for 13 Vietnamese activists

Updated 9 January 2013, 22:50 AEST

Thirteen activists accused of trying to overthrow the Vietnamese government have been handed jail sentences of up to 13 years.

A 14th member of the group has been put under house arrest.

The group was arrested two years ago, but their trial took just two days. Sentencing went ahead despite their lawyer petitioning the United Nations, which had been seeking a response from the Vietnamese government.

Presenter: Kanaha Sabapathy

Speakers: Professor Allen Weiner, senior lecturer in law at the Stanford Law School; Professor Doan Viet Hoat, a a vietnamese dissident now living in exile in the United States

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