Former PVC chairman Thanh gives himself up to police

NDO/VNA – Trinh Xuan Thanh, former Chairman of the PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC), gave himself up to the Investigation Security Agency under the Ministry of Public after nearly one year of evading international arrest warrant, the ministry reported on July 31. On September 16, 2016, the Ministry of Public Security’s Investigation Police Agency decided to launch criminal proceedings against Thanh, born in 1966 and residing at House No 24-C2 Ciputra in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district, for alleged violations of State regulations on economic management resulting in losses of nearly VND3.3 trillion (US$142 million) for the PVC during his leadership. After finding that Thanh had fled abroad, the ministry decided to issue an arrest warrant domestically and internationally for him. Earlier, members of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee agreed to expel Thanh from the Party with 100% of approval votes. According to the Secretariat, between 2007-2013, in his positions as Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Director General of the PVC, and later as Secretary of the PVC’s Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thanh showed irresponsibility and negligence in the leadership and management of the corporation’s operation, and violated legal regulations on business administration, resulting in many wrongdoings and losses of nearly VND3.3 trillion. As the top official of the corporation, Thanh must bear the main responsibility for the mistakes and wrongdoings. As Thanh was responsible for the wrongdoings, law violations and losses at the PVC, leaders of the…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Trinh Xuan Thanh, former Chairman of the PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC), gave himself up to the Investigation Security Agency under the Ministry of Public after nearly one year of evading international arrest warrant, the ministry reported on July 31. On September 16, 2016, the Ministry of Public Security’s Investigation Police Agency decided to launch criminal proceedings against Thanh, born in 1966 and residing at House No 24-C2 Ciputra in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district, for alleged violations of State regulations on economic management resulting in losses of nearly VND3.3 trillion (US$142 million) for the PVC during his leadership. After finding that Thanh had fled abroad, the ministry decided to issue an arrest warrant domestically and internationally for him. Earlier, members of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee agreed to expel Thanh from the Party with 100% of approval votes. According to the Secretariat, between 2007-2013, in his positions as Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Director General of the PVC, and later as Secretary of the PVC’s Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thanh showed irresponsibility and negligence in the leadership and management of the corporation’s operation, and violated legal regulations on business administration, resulting in many wrongdoings and losses of nearly VND3.3 trillion. As the top official of the corporation, Thanh must bear the main responsibility for the mistakes and wrongdoings. As Thanh was responsible for the wrongdoings, law violations and losses at the PVC, leaders of the…... [read more]

This led to the arrest on June 13 of Le Cong Dinh (alias Nguyen Kha, Paul), 41, a resident of Tan Phong Ward, in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7, who set up Le Cong Dinh one-member limited liability law company earlier this year. Graduated from the Ho Chi Minh Law University in 1989, Dinh started working as a notary public in Ho Chi Minh City, a legal expert for the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the chief lawyer of the DC Lawyer Office. He held the position of vice chairman of the HCM City Bar Association during 2005-08. According to the Investigation Security Agency under the Ministry of Public Security, Dinh has over the past several years directly compiled documents published on overseas reactionary websites and other media distorting the Party and the State’s policies and laws. In those documents, Dinh also called for replacement of the Communist Party leadership and took advantage of the bauxite mining issue in the Central Highlands as well as the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa islands issues to stir up thoughts against the Party and the State. He wrote articles defaming a number of Party and Government officials. Moreover, Dinh colluded with Nguyen Sy Binh, who led the US-based exiled reactionary organisation called “the people’s party of action” and the “Vietnam democratic party” to draw up contingency plans and measures to expand the organisation’s operation. In particular, Dinh has actively taken part in the compilation of a book called “the Vietnam…... [read more]

Taking the advantage of public meetings to oppose China’s illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou 981 drilling rig in Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, several opportunists in the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and the central province of Ha Tinh destroyed property of foreign-invested enterprises, harmed safety of foreigners and resisted on-duty officials. Dang Minh Khoi, Assistant to the Foreign Minister and head of the Northeast Asia Department under the Foreign Ministry, said right after learning about the incidents, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung immediately chaired several meetings with concerned Ministries and localities on how to promptly fix the situation. PM Dung also issued four directions asking ministries and localities to take specific and drastic measures, he stressed, citing the latest one dated May 17 that asked for intensified measures to resolutely safeguard social order and safety. Khoi reported that Vietnamese local and ministry authorities visited the affected foreign firms and their staff to discuss ways to surmount the consequences. Meanwhile, hundreds of law violators were detained for further investigations to figure out the masterminds, he said, adding that adequate punishments will be given in accordance with law. Khoi further said that Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held telephone talks with his Chinese and Singaporean counterparts, while the Public Security ministers of Vietnam and China also talked on the phone, regarding the issue. He also underscored that the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry has maintained regular contacts with foreign agencies in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to…... [read more]

Securities agencies have so far arrested, summoned and called in 27 people, five of whom have been prosecuted and put into temporary detention, including Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Le Cong Dinh, Le Thang Long, Nguyen Tien Trung and Tran Anh Kim, for acts against the Vietnamese State. The General Security Department on May 17, 2009, identified Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, born in 1966, General Director of the One Connection Internet Company (OCI), as the owner of the blog named “Tran Dong Chan” and several other blogs containing anti-State content. On May 24, the Investigation Security Agency promptly arrested Thuc while he was using the internet to link up with reactionary elements. Based on Thuc’s statement and seized documents, the agency arrested Le Thang Long, General Director of the Innotech Company on June 4, and Le Cong Dinh, Director of the Le Cong Dinh company, on June 13. The agency then arrested Nguyen Tien Trung and Tran Anh Kim on July 7, and on July 16 arrested and expelled Vo Kevin Huan, who was sent to Vietnam by Nguyen Sy Binh, head of an US-based exiled Vietnamese reactionary organisation called the “People’s Action Party”. On searching Thuc’s home, the investigation agency seized 169 articles and letters pages on his e-mail, blog and text-chat. Thuc confessed his acts against the State through 53 writings, including 14 criticising the Government’s operation and economic policies, 21 distorting the Party’s leadership, and 10 others splitting the internal unity between the Party’s elite. The results of…... [read more]

Nguyen Thanh Phong, the newly elected chairman of Ho Chi Minh City, stressed that police force in the city must strive to reduce 10 percent traffic accidents over the number of accidents, the deaths and the injured and minimize the traffic gridlocks in suburban districts. Speaking at a meeting of police force in the city on January 6, Mr. Phong said that as Tet holidays (Lunar New Year) is nearly coming, police force must keep social and security order to offer peaceful atmosphere for local residents during Tet's holidays. The meeting were attended by Senior Lieutenant General Bui Quang Ben, Deputy Minister of Public Security; Vo Van Thuong, Standing Deputy Party Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee. Major General Le Dong Phong, head of the municipal Police Department’s investigation security agency, said that last year, police force handled and reduced criminal cases. Murder cases decreased by 6, robbery down by 34 cases, plundering slumped by 21 cases and thief by 130 cases. No more homeless drug addicts use drug in public places as the city sent them to social rehabilitation centers reported, contributing to maintain the city security order, said Mr. Phong. Senior Lieutenant General Bui Quang Ben lauded the achievement that police officers in the city gained in last year. These will contribute to improve the city’s sustainable socioeconomic growth. On the occasion, the city’s department of drug investigation was awarded the second victory medal and four police excellent officers were given the third victory medals. 22 police stations…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) — Debates are still ongoing over whether to separate the management authority that oversees four national remand prisons from investigation agencies in an effort to prevent police torture. The restructuring of the remand prison system was the focus of the National Assembly (NA) meeting yesterday morning during discussions on the draft Law on Custody and Temporary Detention. While the four remand prisons are under the authority of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), they are directly managed by the Investigation Police Agency and the Investigation Security Agency. The two agencies have received a bad reputation for allegedly using torture to force confessions, leading to deaths in some cases. A report by the NA's Standing Committee released in June revealed that there had been 46 complaints about the use of torture to force false confessions from 2011 to 2014. During the same time period, 226 suspects reportedly died in police custody, primarily from sickness or suicide. Tra Vinh Province NA Deputy Nguyen Thi Kha said authority over the four prisons should be removed from the hands of the two investigation agencies and instead assigned to the General Department of Criminal Enforcement and Judicial Assistance, which is also under the MoPS. "It (the General Department) will be the only agency to manage the whole prison system across the country, which will make the operation and inspections easier in the future," said Kha. Soc Trang Province NA Deputy Nguyen Tuyet Lien seconded Kha's suggestion, adding that the separation of the…... [read more]

Nguyen Quang Lap, who was arrested in early December last year for propaganda against the State, was let out on bail on Tuesday, police reported the same day. Police in Ho Chi Minh City have released Lap, 59, on bail as he has shown sincerity in reporting and admitting to his offenses, Major General Le Dong Phong, head of the Ho Chi Minh City Police Department’s investigation security agency, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper yesterday. Lap, however, is banned from leaving his residence, pending further investigation, Major General Phong said. Lap, who was arrested on December 6, 2014 at his home in Thao Dien Ward, District 2, has been charged with "conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam" pursuant to Article 88 of the Penal Code, the official said, adding that police also searched Lap’s house the same day. During the investigation after his arrest, Lap admitted to his wrongdoings and given relevant sincere reports to investigators, so the police have decided to change the preventive measure for him from staying in police custody to being let out on bail, Major General Phong said. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!... [read more]

City to ensure safety for foreign investors NA calls for actions to protect industrial zones China, Viet Nam FMs hold phone talks on E Sea issue PM orders action to protect law, order Authorities move to restore order after unrest at IPs HA NOI (VNS) — China has sent two more armed naval ships to waters surrounding the Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig illegally set up in Viet Nam's waters, according to a senior official from the Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Force. When they arrived, the vessels removed unveiled canvas sheets hiding their weapons, intimidating Vietnamese fishing vessels, said Nguyen Van Trung, deputy head of the Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Department at a press conference in Ha Noi on Saturday. Trung said the Chinese ships kept approaching and provoking the Vietnamese forces patrolling Viet Nam's waters around the oil rig. He said the warships included a fast-attack missile craft coded 755 and a fast patrol attack craft coded 789. He added that as Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance ships approached the oil rig to demand China remove it, many Chinese ships encircled, rammed and fired water cannons into Vietnamese ships. Trung said one Chinese ship intentionally rammed a Viet Nam Fisheries Surveillance Force ship when it was on duty about seven nautical miles from the oil rig. At the same time, Chinese "fishing" vessels continued to surround Vietnamese fishing vessels, however, the Vietnamese refused to move from their traditional fishing grounds. The Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Force said it had tried to exercise…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - An international press conference was held in Hanoi on May 17 to inform foreign reporters about bad individuals' extremist actions that affected social order and safety in several localities in the country. Taking the advantage of public meetings to oppose China's illegal placement of its Haiyang Shiyou 981 drilling rig in Vietnam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, several opportunists in the southern provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and the central province of Ha Tinh destroyed property of foreign-invested enterprises, harmed safety of foreigners and resisted on-duty officials. Dang Minh Khoi, Assistant to the Foreign Minister and head of the Northeast Asia Department under the Foreign Ministry, said right after learning about the incidents, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung immediately chaired several meetings with concerned Ministries and localities on how to promptly fix the situation. PM Dung also issued four directions asking ministries and localities to take specific and drastic measures, he stressed, citing the latest one dated May 17 that asked for intensified measures to resolutely safeguard social order and safety. Khoi reported that Vietnamese local and ministry authorities visited the affected foreign firms and their staff to discuss ways to surmount the consequences. Meanwhile, hundreds of law violators were detained for further investigations to figure out the masterminds, he said, adding that adequate punishments will be given in accordance with law. Khoi further said that Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held telephone talks with his Chinese and Singaporean counterparts, while the Public Security ministers…... [read more]




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