David Truong, a Vietnamese national, was convicted of espionage in 1978 and sentenced to a 15-year prison sentence. Prior to the conviction Truong was active in seeking an end to the war in Vietnam and worked for normalization of relations between the United States and Vietnam. Many viewed his prosecution and conviction as politically motivated.
Having served eight years of his sentence, Truong is scheduled to be released on August 26, 1986. Unfortunately, this release will probably not mean his freedom. The Immigration & Naturalization Service immediately will take him into custody, probably refuse to release him on bond, and schedule a deportation hearing. CCR has agreed to represent Truong. We will seek to obtain his release from custody pending the outcome of the deportation hearing.
Michael Ratner and CCR cooperating attorney Michael Maggio