Security forces at a checkpoint near the courthouse prevent family members from attending the ‘public’ trial.
Vo An Don had helped defend dissident blogger Mother Mushroom, now serving a 10-year prison term for 'propaganda against the state.'
Police appear at his home just minutes after he is given the books by a stranger and is asked to 'explain' them.
The evictees say local officials have paid them much less than the compensation to which they are entitled under the Land Law.
Four parishioners say authorities have accused them of ‘illegally detaining other people’ and have notified one of them that they are prosecuting him.
Nguyen Khac Thuy, a retired banker, sees a three-year prison term reduced to 18 months suspended.
They say that property cleared for development still belongs to their order, which has owned it since 1949.
Parishioners say police responded to their complaint by accusing them of wrongdoing.
Slovakia provided a plane that could have been used to spirit Trinh Xuan Thanh out of Europe.