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Cablegate: Dissident Bui Kim Thanh to Be Released Soon?

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SUBJECT: DISSIDENT BUI KIM THANH TO BE RELEASED SOON?

REF: HCMC 221 AND PREVIOUS

1. (SBU) On June 13 and 14, we spoke separately by phone with
two relatives of Bui Kim Thanh, the HCMC land rights activist
who has been involuntarily confined to a mental institution
since November 2006. Her relatives said that, during a visit to
the hospital in early June, Thanh reported that the Bien Hoa
Mental Hospital had sent a letter to HCMC Prosecutors office
requesting that they authorize her medical reexamination. The
hospital noted that she had made "good progress." Thanh and the
family members believe that after the reexamination she will be
released.

2. (SBU) Comment: To date, the HCMC Prosecutor's office --
which formally ordered Thanh to be involuntarily committed --
has not responded to the Hospital's request for reexamination.
We are keeping in close touch with the family on possible
progress in the case. We will press HCMC authorities to push
the Prosecutor's office to act should it drag its feet on making
a decision in this case. End Comment.

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