Vietnam's High Court Sides With Hero Fish Farmer



Salon Staff
February 17, 2012 1:27PM (UTC)

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's high court has reversed rulings approving the attempted eviction of a fish farmer whose armed standoff with police galvanized the nation and earned him widespread sympathy.

The state-run Laborer newspaper said Friday that the Supreme People's Court has ruled that courts in the northern port city of Hai Phong erred by upholding a district order to evict Doan Van Vuon and his family from their land.

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Vuon had sued the government in 2009, protesting the order.

The supreme court's move Wednesday came five days after Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the Jan. 5 attempted eviction of Vuon's family was illegal.

The family battled more than 100 police in the standoff, wounding six officers.

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Vuon and three relatives are awaiting trial for attempted murder.


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