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Journalist released from prison
Says harsh treatment requires him to seek medical attention for heart, skin ailments
- ucanews.com reporter, Asia desk
- May 7, 2012
Truong Minh Duc, a freelance journalist said after his release on May 5 that he was â€śnot in good health and needs hospital treatment for my diseases related to the heart and skin,â€ť according to local media reports.
He added that he experienced harsh treatment while in prison.
Duc said he would â€śresume his work to fight for civiliansâ€™ rights even though he may face problems from the government.â€ť
Duc was arrested on May 5, 2007, in the southern province of Kien Giang and was accused of â€śmisusing rights of freedom and democracy to undermine the stateâ€™s interests and citizensâ€™ legal rights,â€ť according to the charge made against him at the time, and which he continues to deny.
Meanwhile local sources say a court hearing in Ho Chi Minh City scheduled for May 15 against three bloggers â€śmay be adjourned indefinitely.â€ť
The sources added: â€śCourt officials withdrew invitations to the hearing of lawyers of the bloggers and they neither gave them any explanation for the postponement nor informed them about the new date.â€ť
The bloggers, identified as Dieu Cay (real name Nguyen Van Hai), Anh Ba Sai Gon (real name Phan Thanh Hai) and Ta Phong Tan, are accused of spreading anti-government propaganda.
â€śAnh Ba Sai Gon is not in good health, while Ta Phong Tan has been maintaining a hunger strike for 35 days,â€ť the sources said.
Dieu Cay was arrested in 2008 and accused of tax evasion. He remains in prison despite completing his sentence in October 2010.
Anh Ba Sai Gon was arrested in 2010 and Ta Phong Tan was arrested in September last year.