The fate of 39 Vietnamese, including former Green Beret officers enlisted by United States Special Forces, will be decided at a judicial review today. Six heads of families fear persecution if they are forced back to Vietnam. In the High Court in January, the group won the right to challenge the Director of Immigration over their refugee status. If the Judicial Review finds in their favour, they will be re-screened by the Refugee Status Review Board. Among the applicants are four Green Berets, who served with the US special forces, a journalist for the freedom broadcasting service and a worker with a clandestine organisation linked to the CIA. After the fall of South Vietnam, they lied about links with American forces to escape persecution, but still suffered at the hands of the government. Diep Hoai Sung, 47, was tortured after he was captured in 1975 and underwent four years of 're-education' during which he almost died from starvation and harsh conditions. Lawyers say such fears are well founded. Wanyong Austin of Refugee Concern said: 'They have never paid their 'blood debt' to Vietnam. They fear they could be imprisoned or re-educated now their background has been discovered.' 'They were screened out on the basis that nobody cares anymore. There's no evidence of that, but even if there was, that evidence should have been put to the applicants.' Ms Austin said the case was important for another 19 Vietnamese.