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Ambassadors: Release ailing Vietnamese dissident

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - A group of Western ambassadors have written to the Vietnamese government to call for the release of a peaceful democracy activist described as being in the final stages of cancer.

Dinh Dang Dinh is serving a six-year sentence for "spreading propaganda" against the state.

In a letter sent Thursday to Vietnam's foreign minister, the ambassadors of the U.S., EU and other missions urged Dinh be released on humanitarian grounds "so he can spend his remaining time at home or if necessary in a hospital."

Dinh's daughter, Dinh Phuong Thao, said that Dinh was moved to a police hospital Tuesday, but the family had not been told whether he would be returning to prison.

Thao and the ambassadors said Dinh had stomach cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes.

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