(Garden Grove, CA) Following reports that a court of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has found American Student Will Nguyen guilty of public disorder and has ordered his immediate deportation to the United States, Senator Janet Nguyen has issued the following statement:
“Restoring Will Nguyen’s freedom was the number one priority and I am pleased to hear that this case has been resolved in a manner that allows him to return home.
I want to thank all parties who advocated on his behalf, especially the more than three thousand community members who joined me in a unified call to President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo asking them to help safeguard Will’s freedom and wellbeing.
While I am happy that Will Nguyen has been reunited with his family, we must also not forget there are many prisoners of conscience still sitting in Vietnamese prisons yearning to be free. Will Nguyen is just one of many individuals who the Vietnamese government has abused and actively oppressed. We will continue to be vocal until all prisoners of conscience are liberated.”
Following Will Nguyen’s arrest, Senator Janet Nguyen sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to condemn Mr. Nguyen’s detention and to intervene to secure his immediate safe release. To assist residents in calling for Will’s freedom, Senator Nguyen also organized an online petition that residents could sign.
According to media reports, Will Nguyen, a U.S. born citizen of Vietnamese descent, was arrested on June 10th in Ho Chi Minh City during a protest against the Vietnamese government’s plan to establish Special Economic Zones. During his arrest Will Nguyen was reportedly beaten and his whereabouts were unknown for days. In a one-day trial held today, Will Nguyen was convicted of disturbing public order and was sentenced to pay a fine and be deported immediately. Will Nguyen was facing up to seven years in prison.