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Five in takeover-plot case to be executed in Vietnam

Vietnam's Supreme Court sentenced five people to death by firing squad for plotting to topple Hanoi's communist government with help from China, Thailand, and the United States.

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The five were among 21 dissidents found guilty of treason and espionage after a five-day trial in which China was named as paymaster of the plot. Three others were sentenced to life imprisonment and the rest were given jail terms from eight to 20 years.

The US has denied involvement in any such plot.