Vietnam's High Court Sides With Hero Fish Farmer

Published February 17, 2012 8:27AM (EST)

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.

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.

Vuon and three relatives are awaiting trial for attempted murder.

By Salon Staff

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