Vietnam will put corrupted top ex-officials in the dock

Vietnam is going to take several former officials to the court from now until the end of 2019. This line hast started due to intensifying corruption crackdown in this country, VN Experess said.

According to the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption by year end, relevant agencies need to finish investigating 28 cases, prosecute 24 cases, bring 29 cases to trial, hear the appealing court of 7 cases, aside from verifying 36 other cases. There also eight cases that are treated as “massive” in which many former high-ranking officials are involved.

For example, one of them is about economic mismanagement and negligence causing serious consequences at Vietnam Social Security, in which its former general director Le Bach Hong (he is also former Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs) was arrested last November.

Another case deals with mismanagement of public land and state assets causing losses at Hai Thanh Company, which operates under the umbrella of the Vietnam’s Navy.

Third one is connected with charges of bribery and mismanagement of public investment causing serious consequences at Vietnam’s third largest telecom firm MobiFone. It sais that the state-run MobiFone’s acquisition of pay TV AVG in 2016 was found to have violated regulations, causing an estimated loss of about VND7 trillion (307 million dollars) to the state budget.

Former ministers of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son and Truong Minh Tuan were arrested this winter and have been accused of receiving bribes in the case while Pham Nhat Vu, AVG chairman, was accused of giving bribes.

As for other trials, they will concern violations on investment at PetroVietnam Biofuels Joint Stock Company (PVB), violations of banking regulations at Phuong Nam Bank, violations in management of state assets at Vietnam’s largest brewer Sabeco (Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corporation).

VN Experess writes, that Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong claimed fiercer fighting against corruption, a campaign he has spearheaded since 2017.

“We have to continue the fight against corruption and negativity with the spirit of determination and perseverance, we have to raise the spirit of solidarity and unity at all levels and branches,” Trong said.