Cablegate: Embassy Requests Permission to Visit for Spouse of Jailed
DE RUEHHI #0273 0660955
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 060955Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7361
INFO RUEHHM/AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH 4406
UNCLAS HANOI 000273
STATE FOR EAP/MLS
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PREL VM
SUBJECT: EMBASSY REQUESTS PERMISSION TO VISIT FOR SPOUSE OF JAILED
AMCIT DISSIDENT NGUYEN QUOC QUAN
1. (SBU) Foreign Minister Dao Viet Trung told visiting Assistant
Secretary Christopher Hill in their March 3 meeting (septel) that
the ministry is prepared to assist in facilitating a visit by Ms.
Huong Mai Ngo to her husband, imprisoned Amcit dissident Nguyen Quoc
Quan. Following up on this offer, the Embassy has submitted a
diplomatic note requesting that Ms. Ngo be allowed to visit her
husband on humanitarian grounds. Full text of diplomatic note is in
2. (SBU) Nguyen Quoc Quan, who was jailed in November 2007, is still
"under investigation" and has yet to be charged. Normally
individuals whose cases are at this stage in the Vietnamese legal
process, which can last for several months, cannot have any
visitors. MFA clarified with us today that while it will try to be
helpful, permission for Ms. Ngo to visit would have to be granted by
the Ministry of Public Security and this could not be guaranteed.
3. (SBU) Begin text of diplomatic note:
The Embassy of the United States of America in Hanoi presents
its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist
Republic of Vietnam and has the honor to note the statement by Vice
Foreign Minister Dao Viet Trung to Assistant Secretary of State
Christopher Hill in their March 3 meeting that the Ministry is
prepared to help facilitate the request by American citizen Ms.
Huong Mai Ngo to visit her American citizen husband, Mr. Nguyen Quoc
Quan, who is in custody in Vietnam.
The Embassy welcomes the Ministry's offer to assist in this
matter and requests that Ms. Huong Mai Ngo be granted permission to
visit her husband on humanitarian grounds.
The Embassy point of contact for this matter is Political
Counselor Brian Aggeler, who can be reached at (04) 850 5119, fax:
(04) 850 5098 and email: AggelerBC@state.gov.
The Embassy of the United States of America in Hanoi avails
itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam the assurances of its
4. (U) This cable was coordinated with ConGen HCMC.