The prominent activist, Bui Thi Minh Hang, has been released from prison after serving a three year sentence on public order charges.
She was greeted by supporters as she emerged from the Gia Trung prison camp in the Central Highlands. They accompanied her on her return to Ho Chi Minh City.
The human rights campaigner doggedly battled the prison authorities during her years in detention, going on hunger strike for a time and refusing to wear prison uniform.
Despite fears about her health, she appeared elated and energetic on her release. She sarcastically thanked the authorities for helping to turn her into a true campaigner during her time in jail.
Local and international rights groups had protested loudly against the arrest and conviction of Hang and two others in 2014.
The activists were accused of “causing public disorder” and obstructing traffic under article 245 of the penal code.
They were arrested after being assaulted by plainclothes police auxiliaries as they attempted to show support for a dissident Hoa Hao Buddhist activist who was being harassed by the authorities.
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