Vietnam dissident jailed for political leaflets

A court in central Vietnam has sentenced a dissident to five years in prison for distributing anti-government leaflets.

The Kien Thuc newspaper says 53-year-old Phan Ngoc Tuan was convicted of collaborating with "reactionary" groups and individuals in exile to spread propaganda against the Communist state. He was convicted at a half-day trial Wednesday in Ninh Thuan province.

The court also ordered Tuan to serve three years of house arrest after serving his sentence.

Court officials declined to comment.

Vietnam's Communist government does not tolerate dissent. Challenges to its one-party rule can result in long prison sentences.