Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today issued the following statement following the release and deportation of American citizen William Nguyen in Vietnam.
The 32-year-old Nguyen, a graduate student studying in Singapore, was arrested by Vietnamese authorities while taking part in a peaceful protest on June 10 in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) against the Vietnamese government’s economic and censorship policies.
“I am elated and relieved that William is coming home. I have no doubt that his family’s perseverance, the hard work of the State Department, especially Ambassador Kritenbrink and his team in Vietnam, and the pressure from many Members of Congress, helped result in today’s outcome. I am proud to have been a part of this effort.
“But this should never had gone on this long. William was clearly innocent and should never have been charged.
“Today’s decision was a good one for William, his family, and his friends.”