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Cablegate: Update On Political Prisoners Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi

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RHEHNSC/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC

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SUBJECT: UPDATE ON POLITICAL PRISONERS NGUYEN VAN DAI AND LE THI
CONG NHAN

REF: 07 HANOI 1993

1. (SBU) Summary: Imprisoned human rights lawyers Nguyen Van Dai and
Le Thi Cong Nhan have been moved from a temporary detention facility
in Hanoi to separate prison locations away from the city. According
to family members, Ms. Nhan is suffering harsh conditions and has
had her Bible confiscated after the move. Post has expressed deep
concern and requested confirmation of Le Thi Cong Nhan's location,
health and prison conditions via a diplomatic note to the Foreign
Ministry. We have also requested that her Bible be returned to her,
if confiscated, noting that Public Security officials repeatedly
assured us she would be allowed to read a Bible in prison. We will
continue to call for both Dai and Nhan's immediate release from
prison. End Summary.

2. (SBU) A six-hour Supreme People's Court appeal trial on November
27, 2007 (reftel) led to one-year sentence reductions for both Dai
and Nhan, with Dai now sentenced to four years in prison and Nhan
for three years. Including time served, both will become
technically eligible for government amnesty at different times in
2008. The sentencing ended the trial period of detention and marked
a change of status of the two. This is the reason they departed the
detention facility (run by public security officials) and entered
the separate prison system (run by judicial authorities).

3. (SBU) Family members report that, in the first week of January,
authorities moved Dai to the Ba Sao (aka Nam Ha) Prison in Ha Nam
Province (three hours south of Hanoi). Jailed Catholic priest and
democracy activist Nguyen Van Ly is also reportedly being held at
the same prison, known to house "national security cases." Nhan has
been moved to Thanh Hoa Province, Prison No. 5 (roughly four hours
from Hanoi). While the transfer from the Hanoi temporary detention
facility to a regular prison was expected, the move provides
significant hardship on family members to visit these locations.

4. (SBU) Mrs. Tran Thi Le, the mother of Le Thi Cong Nhan, has
initiated a campaign to publicize her concerns about her daughter's
well being, which includes letters to Ambassador Michalak and Deputy
Secretary Negroponte. Other US-based organizations are echoing

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these concerns. The family and groups claim that Nhan went on a
hunger strike on December 27 to protest her incarceration and poor
prison conditions. According to these reports, during her transfer
from Hanoi to Thanh Hoa Prison No. 5 at four a.m. on January 3, Nhan
fell unconscious, later regaining consciousness. We have since been
told that after her mother visited her in the new prison on January
7, Nhan stopped her hunger strike.

5. (SBU) According to her family, the Bible given to Nhan, a
Christian, by the United States Commission on International
Religious Freedom (USCIRF) during their October 2007 prison visit to
Dai and Nhan, has been confiscated by the new prison authorities.
Further, Nhan's mother said prison conditions for her daughter are
poor; she shares a cell with 60 prisoners, sleeping on the ground
with no bed or mattress, and no hot water for bathing.

6. (SBU) The Embassy's diplomatic note requests the GVN to provide
information on Ms. Nhan's location, health status and access to her
Bible and notes our deep concern over her case.

7. (SBU) Comment: We will follow up our diplomatic note with a
request to visit both prisoners in their new locations, while
continuing to call for their release.


MICHALAK

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