Le Cong Dinh

         Le Cong Dinh (Vietnamese: Lê Công Định) is a prominent Vietnamese lawyer who sat on the defense of many high profile human rights cases in Vietnam. He was critical of bauxite mining in the central highlands of Vietnam., and was arrested by the Vietnamese government on June 13, 2009 on charges of "national security", though the arrest was met by the international community with strong objections. Le Cong Dinh is one of Amnesty International's prisoners of conscience.

         On January 20, 2010, he was convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison for subversion. His co-defendants, Nguyễn Tiến Trung, Trần Huỳnh Duy Thức and Lê Thang Long received sentences from 7 to 16 years.

                         From left, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Nguyen Tien Trung, Le Thang Long and Le Cong Dinh on Wednesday at their trial in Ho Chi Minh City. Their prison sentences ranged from 5 to 16 years.