HANOI: A court in Vietnam on Friday handed a five year jail term to an activist for social media posts criticising the government.
Former middle school teacher Le Trong Hung is the fifth activist to be imprisoned in the last two weeks by the communist state, which tolerates virtually no opposition to its rule, reports AFP.
He was arrested in March and tried on Friday for "making, storing, distributing or propagating information and documents aimed at opposing the socialist republic of Vietnam".
According to lawyer Ha Huy Son, Hung was given a five year jail term and a five year probation order at a trial in Hanoi lasting just half a day.
Past state media reports said Hung had used social media to "publish writing or livestream the distortion and disparagement of the government".