HANOI — A Vietnamese court on Tuesday halved the jail sentence of a French-Vietnamese blogger whose release has been sought by Paris and the European Union, his lawyer said.
Pham Minh Hoang, who has dual nationality, will be freed on January 13 after serving a 17-month sentence for attempted subversion but will still have to serve three years’ house arrest, lawyer Tran Vu Hai told AFP.
Hai had hoped for greater leniency at the hearing, which lasted less than half a day in Ho Chi Minh City.
“I struggled a lot for him and of course, in my opinion, it would have been better if my client was immediately freed at the appeal process.”
Hoang, who was arrested in August 2010, was originally sentenced in August this year to three years in prison for attempted subversion.
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