15:00′ 15/10/2008 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge – On Wednesday, a court in Hanoi returned with guilty verdicts for two former police officers and two former journalists. Two of the defendants were released by the court.
Two former high-ranking police officers were charged with deliberately revealing state secrets and two former journalists were tried on charges of abuse of freedom and democracy to violate legal rights and benefits of organizations and individuals.
|Four defendants listen to the court’s verdict. (Photo: HT)|
General Pham Xuan Quac, 62, received an official warning and Lieutienant Colonel Dinh Van Huynh, 50, was sentenced to one year in prison.
Nguyen Viet Chien, 56, formerly of Thanh Nien newspaper, was sentenced to two years in prison and another former journalist, Nguyen Van Hai, 33, of Tuoi Tre newspaper, was sentenced to a two-year non-custodial reeducation sentence and allowed to walk free.
The prison terms of Chien and Huynh include the time they have already served behind bars since their arrests on May 12.
The case involved the investigation of corruption in early 2006, when General Pham Xuan Quac and Lieutenant Dinh Van Huynh were responsible for investigating Project Management Unit 18 (PMU18).