Vietnam to try American for disturbing order in protests

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in southern Vietnam is scheduled to put on trial next week an American citizen accused of disturbing public order.

William Nguyen, from Houston, Texas, was arrested on June 10 after participating in protests against a proposed law on special economic zones.

State-run Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted the indictment as saying 35-year-old Nguyen called on other protesters to overrun police barricades. The indictment says his action seriously violated public and security order and needs to be dealt with seriously.

Nguyen could be sentenced to seven years in prison if convicted. His trial set for July 20.

Protests against the proposed law took place around the country. Six people have been sentenced to up to 2 ½-year in prison in south-central Binh Thuan province on charges of disturbing order.