• Short Summary

    A SAIGON MILITARY COURT ON WEDNESDAY (25 FEBRUARY) SENTENCED TWO SOUTH VIETNAMESE PARLIAMENTARIANS -- ONE TO DEATH AND THE OTHER TO 20 YEARS IN JAIL WITH HARD LABOUR.

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    A SAIGON MILITARY COURT ON WEDNESDAY (25 FEBRUARY) SENTENCED TWO SOUTH VIETNAMESE PARLIAMENTARIANS -- ONE TO DEATH AND THE OTHER TO 20 YEARS IN JAIL WITH HARD LABOUR. BOTH MEN, DEPUTIES IN THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE LOWER HOUSE, WERE SENTENCED IN THEIR ABSENCE.

    DEPUTY HOANG HO, AGED 54, ACCUSED OF PRO-COMMUNIST ACTIVITIES RECEIVED THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR REBELLION. HIS WIFE, PRESENT WHILE THE VERDICT WAS PASSED, SAID HE WAS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY AND DESCRIBED THE VERDICT AS "NONSENSE."
    DEPUTY TRAN NGOC CHAU, AGED 46, WAS JAILED ON CHARGES OF LIAISING WITH HIS BROTHER, WHO WAS IMPRISONED LAST JULY FOR SPYING FOR NORTH VIETNAM. CHAU LEARNED OF THE SENTENCE AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WHERE HE HAD BEEN STAGING AT SIT-IN PROTEST AGAINST THE COURT PROCEEDINGS.

    THE FIVE-MAN MILITARY COURT TOOK ONE HOUR TO DELIVER THE SENTENCES AND A PLATOON OF SOLDIERS STOOD BY AS A SECURITY PRECAUTION.

    CHAU, WHO WAS ADVOCATED REUNIFICATION WITH NORTH VIETNAM, DENIED HE WAS A COMMUNIST, AND HE CHALLENGED THE POLICE TO ARREST HIM. POLICE CANNOT ENTER THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WITHOUT THE HOUSE'S PERMISSION. ON THURSDAY (26 FEBRUARY), HOWEVER, POLICE ENTERED THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND SEIZED CHAU.

    EARLIER, POLICE ARRESTED THREE TELEVISION REPORTERS KEEPING WATCH AT THE ASSEMBLY. ONE, A VISNEWS CAMERAMAN, WAS BEATEN UP, ACCORDING TO EYEWITNESSES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADN0PAQKIQJ88K4LNWSKRAKAEA
    Media URN:
    VLVADN0PAQKIQJ88K4LNWSKRAKAEA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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