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 was released on August 26, 1986. The Immigration & Naturalization Service immediately scheduled a deportation hearing but agreed to release him on bond pending the outcome.
Michael Ratner, with CCR cooperating attorney Michael Maggio