Nhan Dan – The Hanoi Peopes’s Court on October 15 closed a trial for four defendants including two former investigative police officers and two former reporters.
At the court, after a public debate made by lawyers and representatives of the Supreme Peoples’ Procuracy, the defendants defended themselves and said the last words before the jury’s verdict.
All four defendants said that their offenses were professional errors and pleaded for leniency on the grounds of their previous contributions as well as health reasons.
Based on the debates and the results of interrogatives, the jury pronounced a verdict.
Accordingly, Defendent Pham Xuan Quac, the former Head of the Department on Social Crime Investigative Police, received an official warning.
Dinh Van Huynh, a former investigative police officer, was sentenced to one year in jail, backdating from May 12, 2008.
Both of these defendants committed the offence of deliberately leaking assignment secrecy under Clause 2, Article 286 of the Penal Code.
Two defendants were prosecuted on the charge of abusing democratic freedom rights to infringe upon the interests of the State, the legitimate rights and interests of organisations and individuals” under Article 258 of the Penal Code include:
Nguyen Viet Chien, a former reporter of the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper, was sentenced to two years in prison, backdated to his arrest on May 12, 2008.
Nguyen Van Hai, a former reporter of the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, received a 24-month non-custodial sentence, backdated to his arrest on May 12, 2008. Hai was allowed to walk free right after the court closed.
The Jury said that Nguyen Van Hai sincerely pleaded guilty, showed repentance and actively co-operated with the investigation agency.
Sentences for four former reporters and policemen