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Houstonian Who Joined A Protest In Vietnam Is Deported

Vietnamese court is deporting William Nguyen after convicting him of disturbing public order for his part in a protest last month.

American citizen Will Nguyen is escorted by local police officers before his trial at a court in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on July 20, 2018. The 32-year-old Yale graduate is set to be deported after facing charges over disrupting public order.

As News 88.7 has been reporting, a Houstonian who was detained in Vietnam is coming back to the U.S.A. Vietnamese court is deporting William Nguyen after convicting him of disturbing public order for his part in a protest last month. A court official says Nguyen admitted to the violation and showed remorse.

A Vietnamese court official said Nguyen, who is of Vietnamese descent, admitted to the violation and showed remorse.

He was facing up to 7 years in prison. The case attracted the attention of members of Congress from both sides of the aisle.

In the above audio hear what California Congressman Alan Lowenthal tells News 88.7 earlier today (July 20).

David Hutt’s been closely following Nguyen’s case. He’s a political journalist and commentator based in Southeast Asia. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen spoke with Hutt about the political ramifications of Nguyen’s arrest and subsequent trial.

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