California man gets prison term

From Times Wire Reports

A court in southern Vietnam sentenced a Californian of Vietnamese origin to six months in prison on terrorism charges and ordered that he be deported after serving his sentence, the presiding judge said.

Nguyen Quoc Quan, a mathematician from Sacramento, was among several people arrested in November in a house in Ho Chi Minh City.

Authorities said the group was preparing to circulate anti-government pamphlets on behalf of Viet Tan, a California-based group that Vietnam considers a terrorist organization.

Viet Tan says it promotes nonviolent political change in communist Vietnam, and U.S. Ambassador Michael Michalak has said he has seen no evidence the group is engaged in terrorism.

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