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Vietnam convicts dissident for posting criticism of government on Facebook, suspends sentence

HANOI, Vietnam – A Vietnamese court has convicted a dissident of using Facebook to spread criticism of the government but suspended the 15-month prison sentence it imposed.

The verdict Tuesday in southern Vietnam means Nhat Uy was released from detention.

Uy’s lawyer Ha Huy Son says he was convicted of “abusing democratic freedoms”, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of three years.

Communist-ruled Vietnam has been cracking down on dissidents using the Internet. At least 46 bloggers or democracy activists have been convicted and imprisoned this year on national security charges.

The charge sheet against Uy was the first to mention Facebook by name.

The American social network has become very popular in Vietnam.