In Saigon yesterday, defence lawyers tried to call President Nguyen Van Thieu is a witness at a trial of newspaper publishers accused of defaming him.
In Saigon yesterday, defence lawyers tried to call President Nguyen Van Thieu is a witness at a trial of newspaper publishers accused of defaming him. However the trial was postponed at the Government's request.
It was the third time a similar trial had been postponed. the new gate set was the same as for the case put off earlier -- February 20th -- and a total of six publishers are now scheduled to face the court on that day.
Before the trial, opposition legislators and civil rights campaigners marched through streets sealed off by police. Several minor scuffles broke out as they pushed through police lines.
Gutside the courthouse, the demonstrators numbering less than 200 tried to organise speeches which were mostly drowned out by official Information Ministry loudspeaker vans blaring music and noise.
SYNOPSIS: South Vietnamese opposition legislators end civil rights campaigners headed by Father Tran Huu Thank yesterday demonstrated on behalf of newspaper publishers facing court trial in Saigon. However, the protest and police reaction was relatively restrained compared to the struggles which erupted on previous trial dates at the end of October and November. Less barbed wire and fewer police were on the government side ad there was no major attempt by the opposition to bring up large crowds.
Only minor scuffles broke out as the 200 demonstrators broke through thin police cordons. In court, defence lawyers for newspaper publishers accused of defaming President ???ieu tried to call the President himself as a witness. However, the trial was postponed at the government's request. It was the third time a similar trial had been postponed and six publishers are now scheduled to face the court on February 20th.