Hai Phong police deputy chief tried for helping Vinalines boss escape

Nhan Dan - The trial of Hai Phong's former police deputy chief, Duong Tu Trong, accused of aiding Duong Chi Dung, his elder brother and ex-chairman of Vinalines to flee abroad began on January 7 at the Hanoi People's Court.

Nhan Dan - The trial of Hai Phong's former police deputy chief, Duong Tu Trong, accused of aiding Duong Chi Dung, his elder brother and ex-chairman of Vinalines to flee abroad began on January 7 at the Hanoi People's Court.

Also on trial are three Hai Phong police officers, Vu Tien Son, Nguyen Trong Anh and Hoang Van Thang; Dong Xuan Phong, a Hai Phong customs official; Pham Minh Tuan, former director of the Bach Dang Factory and Tran Van Dung, aka Dung ‘Bac Kan’, a resident in Hai Phong’s Hong Bang district.

Duong Chi Dung, sentenced to death for charges of intentionally violating State regulations on economic management, causing serious consequences, and embezzlement at a trial in December last year, appeared in court as a witness.

According to court documents, after being tipped off that Dung would be arrested and prosecuted, Trong, with the help of Son and Thang, planned to take Dung to Quang Ninh province so that he could flee to China.

Instead, with the help of Phong and Dung ‘Bac Kan’, Dung was taken to Ho Chi Minh City and fled to Cambodia. Dung and Phong then flew to Singapore, where they hoped to arrange immigration to the US.

Dung was refused entry into the US because of an international arrest warrant and was forced to return to Cambodia.

During the time in Cambodia, Dung received US$24,000 from his accomplices.

On September 4, 2013, Dung was finally arrested as a result of a joint effort by Vietnamese and Cambodian police.

In court, the accused confessed the entire plan of Dung’s escape.

As a witness at the trial, Duong Chi Dung, added that the one who tipped him off is a public security officer, whom he had bribed with a large amount of cash.

The Hanoi People’s Procuracy stated that the acts of Trong and his accomplices seriously compromised the State management of immigration, blocking the investigation of the Vinalines case and undermining public trust in law enforcement agencies.

A jail sentence of a maximum 20 years was proposed for Trong with sentences ranging between 5 and 18 years for the others.

The Procuracy also asked the investigation agency to bring prosecution to the public security official.

The court hearing is expected to conclude in the afternoon of January 8.

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