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Cyber-dissident's prison sentence cut from five years to four on appeal

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders notes that on 17 August 2007 a Ho Chi Minh City court reduced cyber-dissident Le Nguyen Sang's five-year prison sentence to four years on appeal.

"This decision shows that the Vietnamese judicial authorities recognise that their sentences are disproportionate," the press freedom organisation said. "We hope they continue on this course and that they end up reviewing all of the draconian sentences being served by the nine cyber-dissidents and journalists currently held in Vietnam."

The four-year sentence imposed on journalist Huynh Nguyen Dao on 10 May and the three-year sentence imposed on businessman Nguyen Bac Truyen the same day have also been reduced to three years and two and a half years respectively.

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