Health of Vietnamese Pastor Failing in Prison, Says Wife

ICC Note: Vietnamese pastor and democracy activist Nguyen Trung Ton detained in prison is in failing health, according to his wife. He was arrested last July for his involvement in the Brotherhood for Democracy, an online democracy group. He is still waiting to be tried.

02/15/2018 Vietnam (Radio Free Asia) – A Vietnamese pastor and democracy advocate held in custody since last July is in failing health in jail, with injuries suffered in a beating last year still not fully healed, the man’s wife says.

Nguyen Trung Ton was arrested on July 30, 2018, in a roundup of members of an online democracy group, the Brotherhood for Democracy, and is currently being held in a detention center in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi.

Ton, who is still waiting to be tried, is in constant pain from his injuries, his wife Nguyen Thi Lanh told RFA’s Vietnamese Service in an interview.

“His right leg still hurts from his previous surgery, while his left leg has not yet been treated and his vision is blurry,” Lanh said. “He is still seriously injured.”

“I just want his [investigation] file to be completed and sent to the court, and for his lawyer to ask permission for him to be treated at the Thanh Hoa provincial hospital where he had his surgery before,” she said.

“He was watched by police and beaten, and now he’s being charged with violating Article 79 [of Vietnam’s Penal Code, related to ‘activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration’], Lanh said.

“All of this is so unjust,” she said.

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