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Jan 6, 2011 3:21 PM

Diplomat Attacked In Vietnam Has Kentucky Ties

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - A U.S. diplomat roughed up by police in Vietnam is the son of an Eastern Kentucky University professor and is about to receive a prestigious state department award.

The Richmond Register reports that diplomat Christian Marchant is to receive the State Department's annual Human Rights and Democracy Award for his work in Vietnam, where he defied authorities by continuing his work in landowner disputes.

A U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity says Marchant was attacked by Vietnamese police when he went to visit a prominent dissident.

Marchant's father, Marlow Marchant, an engineering professor at Eastern Kentucky University, said Thursday his son asked him not to comment on the attack.

According to his father, Christian Marchant spent his high school years in Richmond and is fluent in five languages.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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