Thailand revokes former PM Yingluck’s passports

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) - The Malaysian Government has revoked the passports of 68 Malaysians due to their involvement in Islamic State (IS) militant activities abroad. Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed on August 7 that the passports were recovered two weeks ago after a directive was issued by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Zahid added that these individuals will no longer have travel papers as Malaysian citizens and they will face legal action in line with the Immigration Act. He said the police is tracking down eight hand grenades, which are believed to be in the hand of IS militants in Malaysia in a bid to ensure safety and security for people.-VNA... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – With no more tears to cry, Lo Thi Xam’s only hope is that her two sons can “love their mother more”. The Thai ethnic lady, living in Phat Village, Long Sap Ward, lost her husband to a drug overdose nearly ten years ago. Unfortunately, her sons seem to be on the same path. Lo Thi Xam (middle) has two sons undergoing drug treatments. — Photo nhandan.com.vn “In 2010, my husband became addicted to drugs. After that, he went to work in Laos for food and drugs, then died there in 2012. At least his remains were shipped home for burial,” she said. After the death of her husband, all Xam’s love is for her two sons, Ha Van Huong and Ha Van Hung. However, they began using heroin and quickly became addicted. Hung is undergoing compulsory detoxification while Huong is being treated with methadone.   “My friends dropped out of school and started using drugs at a young age. Now, ten of them are in rehab. The village has no more young people,” Huong said. Huong and Hung are only two of 197 drug abusers living in the area, according to Lo Van Duc, head of Long Sap Ward’s Police Department. Buoc Pat, an isolated village about 27km from the district’s centre, is home to many drug addicts. “Some died, some are in rehab, some are imprisoned while others work in Laos for drugs,” said Duc. The situation is similar in the neighbouring villages of Chieng Khua,…... [read more]

Hundreds of people were summoned to court in Hanoi on Monday as the much-anticipated Ocean Bank trial involving over $94 million in losses was resumed. The biggest courtroom in Hanoi was packed as Ha Van Tham, the private bank’s former chairman, stood behind bars with dozens of his subordinates. Defendants stand at the trial in Hanoi on Monday, including Ocean Bank's former chairman Ha Van Tham (R). Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Hoa Among the 51 defendants are former members of state oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, the central bank and Vietnam Construction Bank, which was taken over by the government in 2015 following continued losses. Around 700 other people including more than 50 lawyers and hundreds of those who had benefited from the misuse of money were also in court. Given the number of attendants, the trial could go down in history as one of the biggest in Vietnam. It also broke into New York Times’ morning update of things you should know to start the day. The case was brought to trial for the first time in February but was adjourned after the judge ordered further investigations. Following the new probe, Tham is further charged with embezzling property, besides counts of “breaking regulations on lending activities at credit institutions” and “deliberately violating state regulations on economic management, causing serious consequences”. Ha Van Tham, former chairman of Ocean Bank, is escorted to court in Hanoi in February. Photo by VnExpress The new indictment also brings in four new defendants, including Pham Cong Danh,…... [read more]

Hundreds of people were summoned to court in Hanoi on Monday as the much-anticipated Ocean Bank trial involving over $94 million in losses was resumed. The biggest courtroom in Hanoi was packed as Ha Van Tham, the private bank’s former chairman, stood behind bars with dozens of his subordinates. Defendants stand at the trial in Hanoi on Monday, including Ocean Bank's former chairman Ha Van Tham (R). Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Hoa Among the 51 defendants are former members of state oil and gas giant PetroVietnam, the central bank and Vietnam Construction Bank, which was taken over by the government in 2015 following continued losses. Around 700 other people including more than 50 lawyers and hundreds of those who had benefited from the misuse of money were also in court. Given the number of attendants, the trial could go down in history as one of the biggest in Vietnam. It also broke into New York Times’ morning update of things you should know to start the day. The case was brought to trial for the first time in February but was adjourned after the judge ordered further investigations. Following the new probe, Tham is further charged with embezzling property, besides counts of “breaking regulations on lending activities at credit institutions” and “deliberately violating state regulations on economic management, causing serious consequences”. Ha Van Tham, former chairman of Ocean Bank, is escorted to court in Hanoi in February. Photo by VnExpress The new indictment also brings in four new defendants, including Pham Cong Danh,…... [read more]

The Hanoi People's Court has resumed the trial of leaders and employees of Oceanbank, one of the biggest economic criminal proceedings in Vietnam to date, after acquiring additional information. RELATED CONTENTS: Bank chairman admits violations Former Ocean Bank executives stand trial OceanBank committed to ensuring liquidity after arrest Vietnam banking tycoon detained on suspicion of fraud This morning, on August 28, the Hanoi People’s Court has resumed the trial of leaders and employees of Ocean Commercial One Member Limited Liability Bank (Oceanbank). The case was opened in March 2017 and proved inconclusive as the jury returned records and asked for clarification on several issues. After prompt investigation, the investigating police agency (the Ministry of Public Security) has issued the investigation conclusions, followed by the Supreme People’s Procuracy issuing indictments against former chairman Ha Van Tham and accomplices. Four more individuals were put on trial since then, including Hua Thi Phan (former chairman of Phu My Development Investment JSC), Pham Cong Danh (former chairman of Thien Thanh Group Co., Ltd.), Hoang Thi Hong Tu (former chairman of BIDV Securities JSC, or BSC Vietnam), and Tran Van Binh (former CEO of Trung Dung Trading and Production Co., Ltd.). The total number of defendants in this trial was 51. Additionallty, Nguyen Xuan Son (former general director of Oceanbank) was charged with embezzlement. According to Article 278 of…... [read more]

NDO - The Hanoi People’s Court on August 28 resumed the trial of Ha Van Tham, former chairman of OceanBank, and 50 other defendants in one of the largest corruption cases in recent years. The preliminary trial took place in February but had been adjourned pending further investigation. Tham, aged 45, now faces charges of embezzlement, abuse of power to appropriate assets, breach of lending regulations and intentional violation of State economic management regulations leading to serious consequences. Another key defendant, Nguyen Xuan Son, former chairman of PVN and general director of OceanBank is also charged with embezzlement, abuse of power and violating State economic management regulations. The other 49 defendants are accused of infringing lending regulations and intentionally violating State economic management regulations. According to documents provided by the court, during his chairmanship, Tham and his accomplices committed many violations, such as paying interests higher than the ceiling rate and outside of contracts, causing serious losses to OceanBank and its shareholders, and affecting the implementation of the central bank’s monetary policy. Prior to Tham’s arrest in 2014, OceanBank’s bad debt ratio had reached 50% and the owners’ equity was negative VND10 trillion (US$440 million), which the bank’s profits could not offset. In May 2015, OceanBank was acquired by the State Bank of Vietnam at zero Vietnamese dong. The trial is expected to last for 20 day. ... [read more]

Islamic State jihadists on Saturday claimed the knife attack against patrolling soldiers a day before in Brussels, an assault that came just hours before a sword-wielding assailant wounded police outside London's Buckingham Palace. The knifeman in Brussels, who hurt a soldier on Friday in what authorities said was an "attempted terrorist murder", was shot dead, while police in London overpowered a man who injured three unarmed officers outside the royal residence with a four-foot (1.2-metre) blade. The 26-year-old man in the London violence has been arrested under the Terrorism Act, which allows for 14 days of pre-charge detention, and is being held at a police station in the British capital. The two attacks come as much of Europe is on high alert following a string of deadly assaults over the past two years -- most of which have been claimed by jihadists. Last week, Spain was hit by twin vehicle attacks which left 15 dead, and two people were killed in a stabbing spree in Finland. Belgian prosecutors said the attacker yelled "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) during the assault before being shot by a soldier in the centre of city, which has been on high alert since last year's carnage at the airport and on the metro. "The perpetrator of the stabbing operation in Brussels is one of the soldiers of the Islamic State," the jihadist organisation's propaganda outlet Amaq said. One of the soldiers was slightly hurt in the attack which Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said had…... [read more]

Customs officers in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday said they had just seized the largest postal package of iPhones and iPads smuggled from the U.S. The shipment included 144 smartphones and tablets, most of them new and of the latest versions. It was labeled as non-commercial package and declared to contain computer mouses and keyboards, the officers said, as cited by local media. The recepient has been identified as a resident in District 1 in the city downtown. Also on Friday, more than 20 kilograms of what was suspected as gold from a Bangkok flight was seized at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. Customs officers at the international airport said five Vietnamese passengers were hiding the jewelries around their torso and legs. The city police also helped with the bust at nearly 8 p.m.. The passengers are being held for investigation. Vietnamese laws ban outbound and inbound travelers from carrying gold bars, while foreigners bringing in gold bars have to deposit them with customs and can only take them back at departure. In March, a Vietnamese court sentenced a former Cambodian border security officer to six years in jail after convicting him of smuggling 18 kilograms of gold bars into Vietnam. A former Vietnamese flight attendant and an aircraft technician were charged that same month for smuggling gold from Vietnam to South Korea.... [read more]

Recent U.S. naval accidents in the Asia Pacific region will not interrupt "freedom of navigation" movements in the disputed South China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander said on Friday. USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel near Singapore this week, the fourth major accident in the U.S. Pacific fleet this year, prompting a fleet-wide investigation and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety. The guided-missile destroyer had sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the East Sea, earlier this month, in the latest freedom of navigation operation to counter what the United States sees as China's efforts to control the waters. General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, who is visiting Malaysia and other countries in the region this week, said the collision of the USS John S. McCain should not overshadow the defense capability the U.S. brings to the region. "There is no setback to the operations following these incidents," he said in a press briefing in Kuala Lumpur. "We stand firm that we are going to sail and fly anywhere where international rules allow." China has been upset with the U.S. freedom of navigation operations near Chinese controlled islands, where China has been reclaiming land, building air bases and increasing its military presence. Tensions mounted in the Asia Pacific this month as North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. O'Shaughnessy said the United…... [read more]

As per the indictment, from 2013 to 2014, Hung, former chairman of Board of Directors and general director of Việt Nam Pharma Company, ordered Vo Mạnh Cuong, director of H&C International Maritime Company, to purchase imported medicines reportedly manufactured by Canada’s Helix Pharmaceuticals Company and supply the drugs to Vietnamese hospitals. This included 9,300 boxes of H-Capita 500mg Caplet, a cancer treatment drug. The consignment was worth around VNĐ5.3 billion (US$230,000). Hùng then ordered his staff to fake documents related to the drug and submit them to Drug Administration of Việt Nam, under the Ministry of Health. Việt Nam Pharma also faked receipts and payment procedures to acquire the drug import licence from the ministry. According to the ministry’s assessment, 97 per cent of the imported batch consisted of low-quality capecitabine, a chemotherapy drug, of unknown origin and not permitted for treatment. Hùng also committed a series of violations, including using the seal and signatures of two companies that were no longer operating legally in Việt Nam, and raising the price of the cancer drug, the indictment said. “The defendant’s action was dangerous for society and violated State management activities. This behaviour needs strict punishment. However, the defendant reported the case to the health ministry so the drug batch could be sealed and consequences avoided, so the court decided to extenuate penalty,” the court said. Seven other defendants, all former senior employees of Việt Nam Pharma, were handed between two and five years of imprisonment for smuggling and counterfeiting…... [read more]




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