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Vietnamese blogger released from psychiatric institution

Blogger Le Anh Hung (in black t-shirt) poses with friends and relatives after being released from a psychiatric institution on 5 February 2013
Blogger Le Anh Hung (in black t-shirt) poses with friends and relatives after being released from a psychiatric institution on 5 February 2013

Facebook Nguyen Lan Win via Danlambao

(CPJ/IFEX) - Vietnamese blogger Le Anh Hung was released on February 5, 2013, about 12 days after he was arrested and held against his will in a psychiatric institution in Hanoi, the national capital, according to news reports.

Hung was initially arrested on January 24 in the northern city of Hung Yen. Security agents said they needed to question him over his "temporary residence papers" but later detained him at Social Support Center No. 2, a mental health institution. The institution's director told Hung's colleagues that he had been admitted at the request of his mother and was not allowed to see visitors. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a coalition of three international rights groups, said in a public statement that Hung's mother had made no such request.

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