HANOI - Vietnam on Wednesday jailed 13 activists convicted of plotting to overthrow the communist regime, in a new crackdown criticised by the United States as part of a "disturbing" trend in the authoritarian state.
The accused - including Catholics, bloggers and students - were handed sentences ranging from three to 13 years, defence lawyer Ha Huy Son told AFP.
Another defendant received a three-year suspended sentence, which in Vietnam equates to house arrest. Many of the accused have been held in pre-trial detention for extended periods.
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