By Doan Viet Hoat, Ph.D
Doan Viet Hoat was released from prison in Vietnam on September 1, 1998, midway through a 15-year sentence for publishing pro-democracy newsletters. He was set free under an amnesty program timed to coincide with Vietnam's national day, but was then immediately expelled from the country.
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