So far, [Michael] Nguyen has not officially been charged. But his family said he has been investigated for allegedly conspiring to overthrow the government, violating Article 109 of that nation’s penal code. … If found guilty of violating Article 109, the maximum punishment is death. But that sentence is typically reserved for Vietnamese citizens, and for more serious crimes, said UC Irvine Assistant Professor Long Bui, who specializes in Vietnam studies. Bui said prison time, meanwhile, “could totally run the gamut, from one year to the maximum of 20 years.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to]

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