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Vietnam frees student activist in rare appeal ruling

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A Vietnamese court on Friday overturned a six-year jail term handed to a student activist, freeing her on the spot in a rare show of leniency by the authoritarian nation. 

Nguyen Phuong Uyen (right) and Dinh Nguyen Kha stand trial in the southern province of Long An on May 16. A Vietnamese court on Friday overturned a six-year jail term handed to a student activist, freeing her on the spot in a rare show of leniency by the authoritarian nation.

The verdict which freed 21-year-old Nguyen Phuong Uyen on appeal was so unexpected -- Vietnam's courts routinely reject pleas by anti-state dissidents against their lengthy sentences -- that her mother fainted, reports said.

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