VRNs(Jan 4th, 2013) - Nghe An – Over two months the Vietnamese government been harassing attorney Le Quoc Quan’s family: “Early morning of October 3, 2012 approximately 50 police from the Hanoi office bombarded VietnamCredit company at Building M3-M4 Nguyen Chi Thanh, suite 1802. The police forced all employees stay put, with force they took Mr. Le Dinh Quan (attorney Le Quoc Quan younger brother) outside and start ransack his office. They took all records and information’s, the original records and his computer, also the hard drive accused Mr. Le of political activities and a blogger working for blog “quanlambao”. The parishioners from the church come looking for reason and got stop by the government authority. The police took Mr. Le Dinh Quan away since. After that they arrest Mrs. Nguyen Thi Oanh (Attorney Le Quoc Quan cousin) who is 2 months pregnant. On December 27, 2012 they arrested Attorney Le Quoc Quan.
VRNs forward the letter cry for help from the family of Attorney Le Quoc Quan.
Letter request of help:
To: Justice and Peace Committee of Bishops of Vietnam
Priests, Deacons and Religious persons, all parishioners
All people love justice, Truth, and Peace
All Domestic and International Media agencies.
We, the family of Le Quoc Quan, Le Dinh Quan and Nguyen Thi Oanh, parishioner of Vinh Hoa parish, Vinh Diocese; and currently working and attending religious activities at Thai Ha parish in Hanoi diocese. We are writing this request letter to you on the incident as follow:
Mr. Le Dinh Quan is a Catholic parishioner an entrepreneur, Director of TNHH the credit information company and rated businesses since 2004. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Oanh is the cousin of him and also his assistant. Socially they both honest and comply with the laws; in terms of religion, the Catholic morality, has always lived in the spirit of Christian life.
On the morning of October 3, 2012, about 50 police from Hanoi security office arrived Vietnam Credit company located at Building M3-M4 Nguyen Chi Than, suite 1802, Hanoi force the entire employees sitting, violent actions, they brought him outside and started combing the entire Office. They take away the whole records, original documents and computer hard drives, the accusation is made, with a point that he work for the blog “quanlambao”. Many Catholics have come to find out; the police in charge of religion stop them at the stairs.
Also on the morning of October 30, 2012, about 50 police of all sorts has arrived at his home at M11 Lang Trung, Room 409 – Lang HA Ward – Dong Da District. Hanoi read the order to arrest Mr. Le Dinh Quan and took him away. Although there were no orders to visit his home but the police ransacked the house, taking a computer and several books with allegations of violation of the Article 167 of the Penal Code with allegations of tax evasion. The truth is that his company with less than 50 employees but has to pay taxes in full and continuous do so and was listed in tax agency Dong Da District as model taxpayers not just pay enough tax but beyond too.
More seriously, on the afternoon of December 5, 2012 Hanoi police were at Mr. Le Dinh Quan home town of Vinh Hoa parish, Vinh Diocese search for his cousin, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Oanh who is two months pregnant at home to rest and take care of her father who is ill.
At present, Mr. Le Dinh Quan is detained in detention camps 3-Xa La, Ha Dong District. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Oanh still held at the detention camp No. 1-the city of Hanoi (also referred to as Hoa Lo).
Soon after the arrest, the family has request for lawyers, according to the criminal procedure code 56, investigating authorities must grant the certificate within 3 days from receipt of valid papers, but so far, the lawyers we offer are not yet certified.
The arrest and detain people who are pregnant is violation of Article 88 of the Penal Code criminal proceedings; violation of the law on the protection and care of mothers and children. In addition to believe our relatives suffer discrimination in prisons. This is violation of the Vietnam laws, serious human rights violations, violated the Charter on human rights that Viet Nam has signed.
The increasing more seriously, on the morning of December 27, 2012, lots of security personnel, police began going to the oldest brother, attorney Le Quoc Quan while he taking his children to school. Mr. Le Quoc Quan is an attorney and businessman. He is a religious person, and as members of the Committee for justice-peace in the Diocese of Vinh. He was witness to the enthusiasm of the Church through the events and Thai Ha.
We believe that clearly had a political conspiracy against our family stands behind the shady job of State agencies, they have violated numerous procedures in the proceedings while the prosecution, examine, custody status. Along with the custody numerous young adult Catholics, we believe that the authorities are for books and the stigma for people who have religion. We are pleased for the prayers of all those who love the truth, justice and peace; we call the attention of the organizations and agencies of domestic and international media about our family.
Our family would like to thank you!
Mother of Le Quoc Quan and Le Dinh Quan
Husband of Nguyen Thi Oanh