A Political Opportunist Exposed

The recent debacle of Thich Quang Do and Thich Khong Tanh using religion to entice and bribe disaffected people into demonstrating against the state was part of a crafty plot hatched by a hostile and reactionary force to threaten Viet Nam’s political and social stability. One of the men behind the plot was Nguyen Khac Toan, a political opportunist and an active member of many reactionary organizations.

Nguyen Khac Toan was born in 1955 in the northern province of Nam Dinh. Toan joined the army but was soon discharged for his wrongdoings.

In 1979 he was sentenced to nine months in jail for thievery and expropriation of private property by the Ba Dinh District People’s Court in Ha Noi.

From November 2001 to January 2002, receiving direct instructions and financial aid from reactionary Vietnamese living in exile, Toan made use of emails and telephones to distribute complaints and distorted information from disaffected domestic citizens about the government in an attempt to create a false, negative image of the country.

Toan then received a 13-year jail sentence for his reactionary acts and three years for his spying activities. In January 2006, he was released from jail eight years early thanks to the government’s humanitarian policies. Once discharged from prison, Toan continued heading in the wrong direction, becoming an active member of many overseas reactionary organizations.

Worst of all, Nguyen Khac Toan was also an imposter. He called himself a ‘reporter’ of ‘Vietnam Sydney Radio’ in Viet Nam. Many distorted articles and false information about Viet Nam’s democracy and human rights issues were given by him to foreign press corporations including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and “Vietnam Sydney Radio” in Australia.

Despite receiving humanitarian treatment from the government, Toan did not feel sorry for his wrongdoings, going so far as to entice other people to demonstrate against the state. 

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By VNA – Translated by Khanh Hong

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