Hanoi / AP
A prominent Vietnamese blogger who is a former police officer and the son of a late government minister will be put on trial this week for alleged anti-state postings, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, are accused of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state, an offense punishable by up to seven years in prison, said the lawyer, Ha Huy Son.
Vinh, 59, and Thuy, 35, will stand trial on Wednesday in Hanoi, Vietnamâ€™s capital. They have been in jail since they were arrested in May 2014.
Vinh, better known as Anh Ba Sam, was a police officer with the Ministry of Public Security in Hanoi. He quit in 1999 and set up a private investigation firm. His father was a government minister and Vietnamâ€™s ambassador to the former Soviet Union.
In 2007, Vinh set up the Ba Sam blog. He later launched two others â€” Dan Quyen, or Citizensâ€™ Rights, in 2013, and Chep Su Viet, or Writing Vietnamese History, in early 2014. The blogs provided links to news on political, social, economic and cultural issues from state media as well as activists. According to state media, the indictment says two dozen articles posted on Dan Quyen and Chep Su Viet had â€œuntruthful and groundless contentâ€ and â€œdistort the lines and policiesâ€ of the ruling Communist Party.