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Vietnam dissident released, arrives in US
Vietnamese dissident released from prison, arrives with wife in US
Associated Press
2014-04-08 06:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department says a prominent Vietnamese dissident has arrived in the U.S. after being released from prison by Vietnam.

Cu Huy Ha Vu arrived in Washington with his wife Monday.

Vu is among the ruling Communist Party's highest-profile critics. His father was a revolutionary poet and a minister in the government of Vietnam's founding president, Ho Chi Minh.

Vu was sentenced in April 2011 to seven years in prison and three years of house arrest on charges that included conducting propaganda against the state and calling for multiparty government.

A State Department spokesman, Aaron Jensen, said the U.S. welcomes Vu's release. He described Vu as a "prisoner of conscience."

Vu is among government critics imprisoned as the one-party authoritarian state cracks down on dissent.

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