Appeal court on embezzlement, money laundering at Vinashinlines

Thousands will cheer at the Wagah border crossing this week as the two countries celebrate the anniversaries of their independence, when British India was carved into two nations. The upheaval that followed left at least one million dead in a brutal migration that took millions of Muslims to Pakistan and millions of Hindus to India. But all these years after the trauma of Partition, they have not agreed a border, nor their history -- Pakistan marks independence on August 14 each year, India one day later. And the killing goes on. Wagah, near Amritsar, is the only functioning border post between the rivals. The flag ceremony there draws crowds of up to 20,000 each day. There is wild applause as pumped-up troops, their eyes bulging, perform a stamping march toward the border gates at sundown. The flags are lowered, a soldier from each side shakes hands with a forced smile and the gates close. Fists occasionally fly between Indian and Pakistani soldiers during the ceremony, but there is worse along the border. Kashmir, divided between the rivals and claimed by both, is on a permanent conflict alert with near daily clashes and shelling across the Line of Control (LoC), the official name of the disputed frontier. A woman relative of 28-year-old Muhammad Haseeb was killed as she worked in a field in the Nakyal sector on the Pakistani side just days before the partition anniversary. "We don't know when we will become the victim of a bullet," he said.…... [read more]

Four men convicted of stealing $12 million from state-owned shipping giant Vinashinlines will have their appeals heard in Hanoi this week as the government is scrambling to wrap up the trials of several major corruption cases. Local media reported that the convicts will take the stand again on money laundering and embezzlement charges at Hanoi's Supreme People’s Court, an appellate jurisdiction, on Thursday. At the first trial in late February, Tran Van Liem, former CEO of Vinashin Ocean Shipping Co. Ltd. (Vinashinlines), and Giang Kim Dat, the former sales manager, were sentenced to death, while the company's former chief accountant Tran Van Khuong was sentenced to life in jail. The three former executives were accused of abusing their positions to steal more than VND260 billion ($11.65 million) from the company between 2006 and 2008. According to the indictment, Dat siphoned off the money from 16 deals to buy or lease old vessels. He also advised Liem on how to buy and lease ships and colluded with foreign partners to rig prices for personal gain. The money was transferred to multiple bank accounts in his father’s name, who used it to buy houses and cars. Giang Van Hien, Dat’s father, was sentenced to 12 years in jail at the February trial for money laundering. All four men have filed appeals. Liem is already serving a 19-year jail term after being convicted of mismanagement at shipbuilding company Vinashin, Vinashinlines’ parent firm, in 2012. Vinashin racked up debt of $4.5 billion in…... [read more]

Immediately following the massacre in Norway on 22 July, there has been a debate on the challenge the country’s lenient judicial system faces in imposing fitting punishment on Ander Behring Breivik. According to the Reuters news agency, a survey of over 1000 people conducted six days after the attack showed that 65.5 percent said the penalties for serious crimes in their country should be tightened. Not only the legal system… Despite the serious consequences of the massacre and the deep wound to Norwegian society, many politicians and experts still share the view that there should be no change in their judicial system as it symbolizes a humane society where freedom is very important. Dr Nguyen Sy Dung, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Assembly Office, argues. “I think, in a developed society, law and punishment should be reduced so citizens can exercise their right to individual freedom. The more punishments are imposed, the less freedom people enjoy”. “Of course, the scale of law and punishment must depend on the development of society and people’s living standards,” says the Deputy Director. Dr Dung refers to a horrific crime that had been committed in Vietnam just one month after the Norway massacre. 17-year-old Le Van Luyen killed a couple and their 18-month-old daughter and cut off the arm of their other 8-year-old daughter while robbing their gold store in Bac Giang province. Almost everyone in the online community demands capital punishment to be meted out to the murderer. The death penalty is usually…... [read more]

The five included 52-year-old Lu Minh Cheng and 42-year-old Wang Hui Lan from Guangzhou city; Ieong Chi Kai, 52, from Macau; and Chan Kwok Kwong, 57, and Ngan Chiu Kuen, 42, from Hong Kong. According to the indictment, on April 22, 2008, Lu Ming Cheng was hired to transport two containers containing jeans and marijuana from Vietnam’s northeastern province of Quang Ninh to Canada. On April 25, 2008, Lu Ming Cheng together with Ieong Chi Lai and Ngan Chiu Kuen arrived in Quang Ninh from Hong Kong and came to the office of Vu Hai Co., Ltd in Mong Cai town to collect the two containers. However, because they didn’t bring any paper to prove their ownership, the company refused to hand over the containers. On May 8, 2008, Lu and his accomplices, including Chan Kwok Kwong, Wang Hui Lan, Ngan Chiu Kuen, returned to Vietnam. Four days later, they were arrested while receiving the containers at the Vu Hai Co., Ltd. Nearly 8,000 kg of marijuana, over 19,700 pairs of jeans and over HKD1 million were seized on the scene. During their two visits to Vietnam, the five illegally brought a total of HKD1.1 million and US$20,000 from Hong Kong into Vietnam without declaration at the customs.... [read more]

** Bui Huu Nghia (1807 (the Dinh Mao cat year) - 1872) was born to a poor fisherman’s family in present-day Can Tho city. With the help of an acquaintance, he went to Bien Hoa and attended the Confucian school of scholars Do Hoanh. In 1835, he won the first laureate at an interprovincial exam in the Gia Dinh exam compound. At first he was appointed chief of Phuc Long county. After that, he was demoted to be chief of Tra Vinh district in Tra Vinh province because he was upright and often protected the poor. Later, he was falsely accused of inciting a people’s rebellion. He was arrested and sentenced to death. His wife took pains to go to Hue to see the king and claim her husband’s innocence. He was pardoned but demoted to look after the Vinh Thong military post in Chau Doc. Meanwhile, his wife fell sick after the long travel and died in his absence. He wrote a funeral oration to mourn his wife. Later, it became a noted literary work among others After that, Nghia became fed up with the mandarinate. He resigned and worked as a school teacher. He joined the Can Vuong (Royalist) Movement against the French colonialists. He left many renowned literary works full of patriotism and love for the people. ** Huynh Man Dat (1807-1882) was born in Gia Dinh, now Ho Chi Minh city. In 1831, he passed the interprovincial exam and became a mandarin under the reign of…... [read more]

The HCM City People’s Court also sentenced three other ring members to life imprisonment charged with illegally trading heroin. The five facing capital punishment are Vo Anh Tuan, Nguyen Xuan Dan, Luu Hoang Thao, Vo Tien Thang, and Hoang Phung Bac Son, and the three facing life sentences are Tran Ngoc Dinh, Lu Huu Loi and Truong Van Hoa. The six remaining members of the ring received prison sentences ranging from 7 to 20 years. The trans-Vietnam drug trafficking ring, broken in January 2010, had operated since 2001, during which it illegally possessed and sold 20 heroin cakes and more than 300 grams of amphetamine.... [read more]

Addict kills two, injures four in Dong Nai Young woman sentenced to death for drug trafficking Preventing drug abuse among ethnic minorities The appeal was made by Hieu at a meeting on June 24 in response to International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (June 26). Addressing the event in the northern province of Ninh Binh, General Hieu proposed that ministries, sectors and localities boost anti-drug educational campaigns focused on synthetic drugs and targeted especially at young people. He also highlighted the need for grassroots level socio-political organizations to become more involved in joint efforts to combat this social evil and create drug-free communes and wards. The public security official called on the international community and the United Nations (UN) to pay more attention to the fight against drugs in Vietnam and continue their financial and technical assistance to the country. At the meeting, Zhuldyz Akisheva, country manager for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said she highly appreciates the Vietnamese Government’s efforts to formulate policies to deal with this issue. The Ministry of Public Security reports that police have discovered more than 30,000 drug-related crimes and arrested over 40,000 drug-related criminals in 2011 and the first half of 2012, breaking up hundreds of dangerous drug trafficking rings. Vietnam has also basically resolved the issue of planting and replanting opium fields. In the past, there were nearly 20,000 hectares planted with opium poppies in the country.... [read more]

The March 26 decision confirmed the verdict of an instant trial of the Nghe An provincial People’s Court on December 14, 2012. That verdict sentenced Xin to death on the charge of “illegally trafficking drugs”. Xin confessed that he had been hired by Tran Van Hoi, another Nghe An-born resident, to carry 155 cakes of heroin weighing 54.2kg from Laos into Vietnam. Xin was apparently paid a total of VND60 million. Hoi was the kingpin of a drug trafficking ring that smuggled 5,500 cakes of heroin into Vietnam from Laos. A joint Nghe An-Laos police operation smashed the ring and brought Hoi to court. He was sentenced to death in 2006. Nghe An Police enacted the arrest warrant issued against Xin in July 2012. The Supreme People’s Court on March 26 rejected Xin’s appeal and upheld the death sentence.... [read more]

Though signs of this scourge have not yet been found in their operation, these Party organizations should take preventative measures to close any loopholes that could lead to corruption and wastefulness in society, said Mr Trong, who is also Deputy Head of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption. He asked the Party organizations to strictly implement a resolution on strengthening the Party leadership toward combating corruption and wastefulness, adopted at the third plenum of the 10th Party Central Committee. Vietnam established a Central Steering Committee and a Central Office in charge of fighting corruption. Three anti-corruption taskforces were also set up, including the Anti-corruption Agency of the Government’s Inspection Committee, the Ministry of Public Security’s investigation police department for corrupt criminals, and the People’s Supreme Procuracy’s Legal Execution, Investigation Inspection Department. Steering boards for anti-corruption were also established in provinces and centrally run cities across the country. As many as 1,403 offenders in 540 corruption cases have been brought to trials at different levels, of whom two were sentenced to death and four others were given life imprisonment. Most cases were involved in major construction projects, land management and use, bank and finance, and trade.... [read more]

The party leader wished the veteran a happy new year and good health, saying that he hopes Hien will continue to be a good example for young generations to follow. Meanwhile, on February 14, President Truong Tan Sang visited and extended his New Year greetings to 88-year-old Prof. Dr. and People’s Artist Nguyen Dinh Quang; 98-year-old Prof. Phung The Truong, a former lecturer at the National Economics University; and Prof. Dr. To Ngoc Thanh, 81, a leading researcher in folk culture and music. The President praised the senior intellectuals for their contributions to the cause of culture, literature and art, education and scientific research of the country. The same day, the President offered incense to later Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Cu at his memorial house in Tu Son town’s Phu Khe commune, the northern province of Bac Ninh. Nguyen Van Cu was elected the Party Secretary in 1938 when he was only 26. In June 1940, he was arrested in Sai Gon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and was sentenced to death by the French colonialists.... [read more]

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