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Vietnam grants amnesty to more than 4,000 prisoners

Fourteen imprisoned foreigners will also be released as part of the amnesty order

AP | PTI  |  Hanoi 

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has granted to more than 4,000 prisoners, including one sentenced to five years in jail for a national security-related crime.

Giang Son, deputy chairman of the President's office, told reporters at a joint press conference on Wednesday that 4,384 inmates were granted under two directives signed by President

"The once again reflects the policy of leniency of our party and State of the Socialist Republic of and the humane tradition of our nation," Son said.

They will be released from their prisons starting Thursday. One of the is Bui Xuan Kim who was jailed for national security-related crime, according to Senior Lt Police General Nguyen Van Thanh.

Kim has served three years of his sentence for organizing people to flee to neighboring Cambodia.

human rights groups, the US government and some other Western governments have urged Vietnamese government to release all of conscience jailed for peacefully expressing their views, but Hanoi says only those who broke the law are locked up.

Fourteen foreigners will also be released, according to Vice Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc. They include nine from China, three from Laos and one each from and Australia.

First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 12:01 IST