Vietnam lawyer Le Quoc Quan - February 2013

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses its concern about the arrest and detention of human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan.  Reliable reports indicate that on December 27, 2012, Le Quoc Quan was arrested while dropping his daughter off at school.   The police advised the family that he would be charged under Article 161 of the Criminal Code, which relates to tax evasion.  If he is convicted, he risks three years in prison and a heavy fine. 

Le Quoc Quan writes a popular blog about human rights abuses.  The Law Society's understanding is that he has been subject to arbitrary arrests and ongoing surveillance and harassment as a result of his human rights work.  According to reports, Le Quoc Quan was disbarred following his return to Vietnam from the United States in 2007.

 

Letter of intervention