The trial of human rights lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu, 53, would not take place Thursday as scheduled, a source close to the court said.

She said the court did not indicate when the trial would be held.

Under an indictment signed February 17, Vu was accused of spreading propaganda against the state. He could be jailed for three to 12 years if convicted.

The lawyer gained notoriety in Vietnam after he tried to sue Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to stop Chinese-run bauxite mines in the Central Highlands, but the suit was dismissed.

In October, the lawyer again sued the premier over a decree that bars groups from filing petitions or complaints with the government.

Vu's father, Cu Huy Can, was a confidant of national leader Ho Chi Minh and the first agriculture minister of independent Vietnam.

Deutche Presse Agentur - March 22, 2011