Failed terrorist gets 12 years this could happen to u



The Criminal Court yesterday handed down a 12-year jail term to Vo Van
Duc for attempting to bomb the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok in 2001.
Duc said he would appeal the "inhumane sentence".

The Vietnam-born American citizen was found guilty of placing a
backpack containing explosives in front of Vietnam's embassy and
tossing a small bomb over its wall on June 19, 2001. The bombs were
wired to a cell-phone detonator but failed to explode.


He was arrested in the US in October the same year and was later
extradited to Thailand on the request of Thai authorities.


He confessed earlier this month that he was involved in the bomb plot,
but called it "a symbolic act" that was not meant to harm anyone.


He said he wanted to call the world's attention to the plight of the
Vietnamese people living under what he said was a repressive communist
government.


Duc fled communist Vietnam in 1978 and became a naturalised US
citizen. He is a member of the California-based Government of Free
Vietnam, an anti-communist group that Vietnam considers a terrorist
organisation.


The court yesterday rejected a request by Duc that his detention
period in the US be deducted from the jail term.


Previously the court had sentenced a Vietnamese man, Nguyen Si, to 12
years for his part in the plot. An appeals court later reduced his
sentence to eight years.


He has lodged a further appeal against the sentence with the Supreme
Court.

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