HANOI (Reuters) – A court in Vietnam upheld a five-year prison sentence on Monday for a dissident convicted of anti-state activities who violated the terms of his probation, state media said, the latest ruling in a series against activists.
Nguyen Van Oai, 36, a prominent human rights activist and blogger who has been publicly critical of the Vietnamese government’s handling of human rights and environmental issues had been sentenced to four years in jail in 2013 for “activities aimed at overthrowing the government”.
He was released in January 2017 after serving his term but arrested days later for violating the terms of his probation and resisting arrest.
The Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam said on its website that Oai had insulted and beaten two security personnel who were monitoring his probation.
He was then sentenced to another five years in jail last September and a further four years on probation.
Following an appeal, Oai’s jail term and probation were both upheld on Monday, the state newspaper Vietnamplus reported.