Yoho Statement on Release of Michael Nguyen
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, and the Pacific, gave the following statement on the recent release of U.S. citizen Michael Nguyen:
“I want to express my relief and joy at the release and return of Michael Nguyen to his family in the United States after serving two years incarcerated in a Vietnam. He was held in prison for two years—eight months of which occurred before formal charges were even filed—and sentenced to a 12-year prison term.
“The nature of Mr. Nguyen’s arrest and imprisonment should give us all pause when traveling abroad to countries with more restrictive laws and fewer freedoms.
“I, along with other congressional colleagues held multiple phone conferences with our Vietnamese embassy representatives checking on his well-being and expressed our strong support for Mr. Nguyen’s release and return to his family.
“My office held several calls with the Vietnamese embassy and wrote letters to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asking for leniency and the quick return of Michael to the U.S. Our goal was to advocate for Michael’s release while showing respect to the Vietnamese system of laws and to not interfere with their court system.”
“As we continue to deepen our economic and diplomatic relationship with Vietnam, our goal is to have reciprocity in our court system that provides due process to U.S. citizens and the same for Vietnamese citizens.”