Vietnam jails US national for ‘state overthrow plot’

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a US citizen to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of attempting to “overthrow the state”.

Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, 55, had admitted he wanted to incite protests in Vietnam, his lawyer told the BBC.

But he denied more serious charges of planning to attack government offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with petrol bombs.

Nguyen, who was held last year, will be deported after serving his sentence. Three Vietnamese men were also sentenced to various jail terms for related offences.

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