Vietnam: Former Political Prisoner Nguyen An Kidnapped, Held in Secret Place
August 28, 2018, 1:02 am
On August 15, Vietnam’s authorities kidnapped former political prisoner Nguyen An and still keep him in secret place without informing his family, his daughter Nguyen Thi Tra My has told Defend the Defenders.
Ms. My said police from Quang Trung commune, Thong Nhat district in Dong Nai province together with plainclothes agents from the province’s Police Department detained Mr. An at around 4.30 PM when he had a drink at a cafeteria about two kilometers from his village Le Loi.
The cafeteria owner witnessed the detention and informed his family.
Police took him to the Quang Trung communal police station. When his family came to ask about him, they said they would release him soon.
At 7 PM of the same day, a seven-seat van with the registration number 50A-005.34 belonging to the Ho Chi Minh City’s Police Department came and police dragged him into the car which ran away. The family couldn’t chase the vehicle.
In next days, his family came to the communal police station to question police chief namely Cang but the officer refused to answer, just saying he was taken to HCM City.
On August 20, My and her mother namely Dao Thi Hue went to the Investigation Branch of the HCM City Police Department stationing in Phan Dang Luu No. 4, Phu Nhuan district to ask about him but police officers told them that they do not keep him, saying he maybe held by the police unit under the authority of the Ministry of Public Security.
When the family went to the Southern Region’s Representative Office of the ministry, they met a police officer namely Phuc whom the family recognized as one of police officers participating in Mr. An’s detention in the previous week. Phuc told them that police would release An soon.
Four days later, the family returned to the office but received the same answers.
As of August 27, An’s family has no information about his situation, his daughter told Defend the Defenders.
Mr. An, 60, was a former soldier of the Vietnam Republic’s Army. He was arrested in 1979 and charged with subversion. Later, he was sentenced to four years in prison, and released in 1983.
My told Defend the Defenders that he participated in the peaceful mass demonstration on June 10 this year to protest two bills on Special Economic Zone and Cyber Security. About one month prior to his detention, he was summoned by the local police for interrogation, however, he was busy and did not go to meet with police as they asked.
Her family is worrying about Mr. An and asks domestic and international community to pay attention to his case, My said.