Le Quoc Quan

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Vietnamese blogger Le Quoc Quan speaks to the court during his appeal. (AFP/Vietnam News Agency)

Appeal court upholds Vietnamese blogger’s conviction

Bangkok, February 18, 2014–A Vietnamese court today rejected the appeal of blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan, who was sentenced in October to 30 months in prison on tax evasion charges, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling and calls for the blogger’s immediate and unconditional release.

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Le Quoc Quan has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. (AP/Na Son Nguyen)

Vietnamese blogger jailed on tax evasion charges

Bangkok, October 4, 2013–Vietnamese blogger Le Quoc Quan was sentenced to prison on Wednesday for tax evasion, a charge that government authorities frequently use to stifle critical voices. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the appellate court to reverse the politically motivated ruling and urges Vietnamese authorities to end state persecution of Vietnam’s independent…

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