Hanoi court to open trial for Trinh Xuan Thanh on Jan. 8

Trinh Xuan Thanh (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi People’sCourt will open proceedings in the trial of Trinh Xuan Thanh, former Chairmanand General Director of PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation(PVC), and his accomplices accused of wrongdoings at PetroVietnam and its subsidiary PVC on January 8. The court will judge 22 defendants who will be presented by a total of 42lawyers, including three lawyers for Dinh La Thang, former Chairman ofthe Member Council of PetroVietnam, and five lawyers for Thanh. Twelve out of the defendants in the case have been charged with “deliberatelyviolating State regulations on economic management, causing severeconsequences” in line with Clause 3 of Article 165 of the 1999 Penal Code – thecount that could send violators to jail for 10-20 years. Meanwhile, eight others have been charged with “misappropriating property” inaccordance with Clause 4 of Article 278 of the 1999 Penal Code, whichprescribes sentences ranging from 20 years in prison to life imprisonment ordeath penalty. Thanh and Vu Duc Thuan, former PVC General Director, have been charged withboth “deliberately violating State regulations on economic management,causing severe consequences” and “misappropriating property.”According to the indictment of the Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam, thisis an extremely serious case involving people holding key positions inimportant economic units and major national projects like Thai Binh 2 thermalpower plant. The indictment says that Thang was mainly responsible for wrongdoings duringconstruction of the Thai Binh 2 thermal power plant project. He allegedly instructed PVC to carry out the engineering, procurement andconstruction (EPC) package. He was also… [Read full story]


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