HA NOI — Anti-State agitator Cu Huy Ha Vu was arrested in HCM City on Friday by Ministry of Public Security Investigative Police after a warrant was issued by the Supreme People’s Court.
The deputy minister of Public Security, Lt Gen To Lam, and the head of the Investigation Police, Lt Gen Hoang Kong Tu, held a press conference in Ha Noi on Saturday to detail the charges to be brought against Vu under Article 88 of the Criminal Code.
Police had documentary evidence, the police officials said, to prove that Vu had written and disseminated distorted information and lies against the People’s administration, calling for the overthrowing of the regime and urging a multi-party system, as well as promoting foreign intervention contrary to the nation’s interest.
They also alleged that Vu had ties with anti-State elements overseas and that he had granted over 20 interviews to radio stations and newspapers operated by overseas reactionary elements, as well as transferring to them his own documents for their use in opposing the Vietnamese State.
The documents contained groundless, fabricated and distorted information on State leadership and administration intended to incite the public to rise up against the State, they said, adding that the documents also slandered State leaders.
Upon his arrest, Vu’s home in Ha Noi’s Ba Dinh District was searched in accordance with the law, they said, and further investigation into Vu’s alleged crimes were underway.
Vu was also expected to admit to conducting an extramarital affair last Thursday at the Mach Lam Hotel in HCM City, the police officials said.
At the press conference, the chairman of the Dien Bien Ward People’s Committee, Le Van Dinh, told the press that Vu was born in the central province of Ha Tinh in 1957 but was a permanent resident of Dien Bien Ward in Ba Dinh District.
Dinh said that Vu had been prosecuted by district police in 1986 for assault and battery. Vu held a job at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of International Relations but failed go show up for work and was sacked by the ministry in 2009, Dinh said.
In 2003, Vu was involved in a case of encroaching on adjoining land while constructing his house, Dinh said, while, in 2006, he nominated himself as a candidate for the 12th National Assembly but was rejected by local voters. — VNS
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