Vietnam anti-corruption activist gets 30 months in jail

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court has sentenced an anti-corruption activist to 30 months in jail for causing a public disorder.

According to the state-owned Tien Phong newspaper, activist Ha Van Nam was accused of inciting drivers to repeatedly block a highway toll station in Bac Ninh province to protest against newly applied fees that Nam considered to be unfair for local residents.

The disturbance caused a traffic disorder on the highway connecting Hanoi, the capital, and Ha Long Bay, a popular tourist destination in northern Vietnam.

Before his arrest in March, Nam was vocal on corruption matters via livestreams on his Facebook account.

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Six other defendants were handed sentences ranging from 18 to 36 months in jail on the same charge.

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