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HANOI - A Vietnamese court has jailed two renowned musicians for up to six years for anti-state propaganda, one of their lawyers said Tuesday, a decision rights groups branded an "outrageous" muzzling of free speech. 

Viet Khang, whose real name is Vo Minh Tri, was given a four-year jail term while Tran Vu Anh Binh, 37 was handed a six-year sentence, lawyer Tran Vu Hai told AFP after a short trial in Ho Chi Minh City.

The court ordered the pair to serve a further two years under house arrest once they are released from jail, Hai said, adding that the musicians had admitted links to a banned political group but had "no political intention".

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