A gaggle of Vietnamese attorneys defending Le Thu Van, a member of the Peng Lei Buddhist Home Church, have despatched a petition to the authorities of Lengthy An province asking them to droop their investigation attributable to her poor well being.
Within the written request to the provincial Individuals's Procuracy and the Investigation Safety Company of Lengthy An Police Division on Tuesday, the group of 5 attorneys advised the companies rethink their determination to research her.
Van was charged with "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the pursuits of the State, the official rights and pursuits of organizations and people" based on Article 331 of the Prison Code.
In June, the Investigation Safety Company of Lengthy An province’s Police Division separated Van's case from these of six different church members due to her absence, though the 65-year-old handed herself in to police the next month.
In July the opposite six members of the Peng Lei Buddhist Home had been sentenced to a mixed 23 years and 6 months in jail on fees of “abusing democratic freedoms” below Article 331 of the Prison Code.
The lawyer’s petition for leniency in Van’s case stated "Mrs. Le Thu Van's most cancers is within the last stage and her life is simply counted in days."
Lawyer Dao Kim Lan, considered one of a bunch of 5 licensed attorneys to defend Ms. Van, instructed RFA Van’s most cancers has unfold and she or he could be very weak.
“So our staff of attorneys requested [investigators] briefly droop the investigation and terminate the case based on the provisions of the Prison Process Code and the Prison Code: These individuals affected by a deadly illness will probably be entitled to short-term suspension of investigation in the course of the investigation section, short-term suspension of prosecution in the course of the prosecution section, short-term suspension of trial in the course of the trial section and short-term suspension of serving jail time period after being convicted,” Lan stated.
One of many factors in clauses of Article 29 of the 2015 Prison Code on “Foundation for exemption from prison accountability” states that “A prison offender may be exempt from prison accountability [if] the offender has a deadly illness in the course of the strategy of investigation, prosecution, or trial and not poses a menace to society.”
Most cancers is outlined as a severe illness that may have an effect on the affected person's life based on the definition in a authorities decree in 2014.
Le Thu Van surrendered to the authorities on the morning of July 28 after going to remedy for rectal most cancers. Lengthy An police allowed her to return to Peng Lei Buddhist Home Church however banned her from going out.
At a morning assembly on Aug. 16 whereas Van was being fingerprinted and interrogated, investigator Nguyen Xuan Du made be aware that the written request had been obtained and requested the attorneys to supply her medical information, which they handed over the following day.
Speaking about the potential for Lengthy An province authorities suspending the investigation and terminate the case towards her, lawyer Dao Kim Lan stated:
“The authorities of Lengthy An province will resolve what to do relying on their subjective will. They find out about Le Thu Van's well being situation as a result of the medical information have been within the case file for a very long time."
The group of attorneys stated that the native police had issued a summons to request their shopper to be current at 8:00 a.m. on Aug. 16 on the Duc Hoa District Police headquarters. Nevertheless, she didn’t have the energy to go away the home to work with the police, the attorneys stated within the written request.
State-controlled media quoted police as saying Van used many offensive phrases, inciting the gang in entrance of the Duc Hoa district police station. She was indignant that the police had been serving to the household of a woman referred to as Diem My who left house to hitch the church towards her dad and mom’ needs in 2019. Police summoned the lady for working illegally and handed her over to the police.
Police accused Van of shouting “Duc Hoa district police abduct individuals and don’t launch them!” In addition they stated Van's habits included trouble-making, illegally filming at police headquarters, utilizing slanderous phrases, insulting the status of the Duc Hoa district police and making video clips to publish on social media.