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Vietnam jails activist for livestreaming fishermen's pollution march February 07,2018   |  Source: Associated Press

A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail Tuesday for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant's spill of toxins into the ocean.

Following a trial by the People's Court in Nghe An province that lasted half a day Tuesday, Hoang Duc Binh was convicted of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state, organization and people and opposing officers on duty, lawyer Ha Huy Son said.

Fellow activist Nguyen Nam Phong was given 2 years in jail for opposing officers on duty.

During last February's livestream on Facebook, Binh commented that the fishermen were stopped and beaten by authorities. Son said Binh told the court that he made the comments, but he denied committing a crime because what he said was true.

The court said his comments were untrue and slandered authorities.

The U.S. was "deeply troubled" by the two activists' convictions and sentences "under vague articles" of the law, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said in a statement from Washington.

The $10.6 billion steel complex owned by Formosa Plastics Group, which includes a steel plant, a power plant and a deep sea port in Ha Tinh province, discharged toxins such as cyanide and phenol during a test run in

 

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