Police in Vietnam have apprehend a man for spreading faux information on social media with an attempt to incite public demonstrations during the second U.S.-North Korea Summit that took place in Hanoi earlier this week.
The Department of Police in Ben Tre Province, located in the Mekong Delta, confirmed on Saturday they had arrested Nguyen Van Cong Em, 48, who resides in My Thanh Commune, Giong Trom District.
Em was charged for “making, storing, and disseminating information and documents against the state,” Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thanh Tung, deputy chief of staff of the provincial police, stated.
Officers previously searched the suspect’s home as well as inspected his Facebook accounts and discovered many items, documents, and data relating to the violations.
Em’s statement showed that he had used up to four Facebook accounts to upload and share posts as well as live-stream videos with contents that distorted the guidelines and policies of the Vietnamese Party and state.
He also called on people to participate in street protests during the second U.S.-North Korea Summit.
Officers are finalizing their investigation to impose a suitable punishment upon the suspect in accordance with the law.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump met for their second summit in Hanoi on February 27 and 28.
Following his meetings with Chairman Kim on Thursday, President Trump told the press that the talks were effective and the two discussed a number of issues but decided that it was not the right time to sign a joint statement on sanctions and denuclearization.
The U.S. leader left Vietnam later that day while Chairman Kim remained in the country until March 2 for an official visit.
The first U.S.-North Korea Summit was held in Singapore in June 2018.