Vice police minister Pham Quy Ngo dies at 60

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After two weeks' hospitalization for liver cancer, Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo passed away aged 60 on Tuesday night. >> Internal affairs body to handle claims against vice police minister>> Prosecutors receive case involving vice police minister >> Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss >> Probe ordered into 'state secret' case involving vice minister >> Vice police minister is the mole: shocking court testimony The senior official died at Military Central Hospital 108 in Hanoi at 9:05 pm on February 18, according to a report from the Ministry of Public Security. Ngo had suffered from cancer, and he underwent a liver transplant in Singapore five years ago. However, about a year ago, transplant rejection symptoms appeared and he had to be hospitalized, a source told Tuoi Tre. About a week before he died, Ngo was sent to Japan for treatment but due to his fatal condition, he was taken back to the hospital … [Read more...]

More national treasures recognized

Some of the 37 new national treasures are as follows:  1. The Hung Temple bronze drum, which is typical of Dong Son culture (700 BC - 100). The drum is being kept at Hung Temple Historical Relic in Viet Tri city in northern Phu Tho province.

The Prime Minister recently decided to recognize 37 more artifacts as national treasures. 2. Cam Giang 1 bronze drum, which belongs to Dong Son culture. The drum is being preserved at the Thanh Hoa province museum. 3. Viet Khe tomb boat, which is a sophisticated form of burial among ancient Vietnamese people and also belongs to Dong Son culture, is currently kept at the National History Museum. 4. Hop Minh bronze jar, of Dong Son culture, is being preserved at Yen Bai province's museum. 5. The set of bronze buckles, of Dong Son culture, is being kept at Hung Temple Historical Relic in Phu Tho province. 6. The Nua Mountain short sword, of Dong Son culture, kept at Thanh Hoa province's museum 7. The "Xa loi Thap Minh" stele, aged 601, kept at Bac Ninh province's museum 8. The stele at Bao Ninh Sung Phuc Pagoda, of the Ly dynasty, currently kept at the pagoda in Tuyen Quang province 9. The Sung Thien Dien Linh stele, of the Ly dynasty (1009-1225), kept at Long Doi Son … [Read more...]

Mekong Artist debuts cai luong stage in Idecaf

Huy Nguyen The opening show will take pace at 8 p.m. on January 7 with the theme 'Nam thang khong phai' (Time is not faded) with the return of Meritorious Artist Thanh Sang, one of most famous cai luong artists who will make his comeback seven years after being absent from the stage. He will join Linh Huyen, Giang Chau, Huu Tai, Thy Nhung and Che Thanh to perform popular songs Ben cau det lua (Weaving silk by the bridge), Tieng trong Me Linh (The drums of Me Linh), Duong Quy Phi and Nua doi huong phan (Half Life of Prostitution). After the opening show, the company will hold a cai luong show at 8 p.m. every Tuesday. Scheduled shows will feature national greats in Ba chua tho Nom (The Queen of Nom Poetry), Suong Nguyet Anh, Doan Thi Diem and Nguyen Binh Khiem. The company will deliver flyers introducing the genre and content in English before shows and will hold exchange talks with audiences after shows, so that tourists can learn more about the art genre. From 9:30 a.m. until … [Read more...]

Land dispute farmers jailed for five years

The accused listen as their sentences are announced by the jury of the Hai Phong People's Court. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan

HA NOI (VNS)— Farmers who were charged with attempting to assault and murder on-duty officials involved in a coercive land seizure in Hai Phong's Tien Lang District last year were given jail terms of up to five years. Doan Van Vuon and Doan Van Quy were sentenced to five years in prison each. Doan Van Sinh was sentenced to three years and six months, and Doan Van Ve received two years. Pham Thi Bau and Nguyen Thi Thuong received 18-month and 15-month suspended sentences respectively. It was recounted at the trial that on October 4, 1993, the Tien Lang District People's Committee allocated 21 hectares of coastal swampland to Vuon for developing aquaculture for 14 years. Vuon then encroached on another 19.3ha of submerged forest on his own initiative, which resulted in a fine from the district's administration and the right to continue cultivating on the encroached land until October 4, 2007. On April 7, 2009, the Tien Lang District People's Committee issued Decision … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 26

The Nam Dinh provincial People's Committee held a ceremony on November 22 to receive the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's certificate recognising the Phu Day festival as National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Sixty antiques donated to museum for Heritage Day The items, all from private collections, include stone, bronze jars, tools, and belongings of Vietnamese soldiers from the American War. The oldest antiquities were two stone hoes dating from 4,500-3,500 years ago. In Quang Nam Province, over 1,500 antiquities were donated to the province's museum. According to director of the museum, Nguyen Nay, the UNESCO Viet Nam's Centre for research and conservation of antiquities offered 184 artifacts from the Dong Son culture and collections from the dynasties of Dinh, Le, Ly and Tran. Also, representatives from Doan Anh Duong company donated 1,400 objects of Chu Dau ceramics, which were excavated from a shipwreck near Cham Island off the coast of Hoi An City. Hue showcases free retrospectives The New Space Arts Foundation at 15 Le Loi in the city is showing photos taken around Hue by German artist Astrid Schulz, featuring 'Made in Vietnam'. The exhibition shows collection of … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for November 1

The Republic of Korea will provide US$3.4 million out of a US$9.4 million project to improve occupational safety and health (OSH) capacity in Vietnam.

Russia approves agreement on migrant workers with Vietnam The agreement was signed in Moscow on October 27, 2008 with the aim of establishing an international legal framework for Russian and Vietnamese guest workers in both countries. It regulates standard procedures for migrant workers in terms of social and medical care, tax payment, and migration travelling. It specially covers the legal status of migrant workers to ensure their freedom, individual safety and other legitimate rights under law. The Federal Council's Foreign Affairs Committee emphasised that the country will create an effective management system to control the flow of migrants and promote bilateral cooperation with Vietnam. Earlier on October 18, the agreement was ratified by Russia's State Duma (Lower House). Kon Tum targets repatriation of more volunteer remains The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum has set a target of bringing home 35 sets of remains of volunteer Vietnamese soldiers fallen in Laos and … [Read more...]

Tien Lang district court rejects prisoner’s compensation claim

The People's Court of Tien Lang district, Hai Phong city on October 30 rejected a claim lodged by local farmer Doan Van Vuon asking for compensation for damage allegedly caused by land reclamation decisions issued by the Tien Lang district People's Committee. The plaintiff, who is serving his five-year sentence for murder and resisting on-duty officials, demanded that the People's Committee pay him over 30 billion VND (1.4 million USD) as compensation for material losses and spiritual damage. Vuon and other farmers involved in the coercive land reclamation in Vinh Quang commune, Tien Lang district, the northern port city of Hai Phong , were tried by the Hai Phong court on April 5 this year on charges of "murder and resisting on-duty officials". According to the Hai Phong People's Procuracy, the Tien Lang district People's Committee on October 4, 1993 allocated 21 hectares of coastal wetlands to Vuon for aquaculture in 14 years. Vuon then encroached farther to the sea with an … [Read more...]

Land compensation outrage suspected as motive for recent shooting

Dong Son Pagoda where Viet killed himself After the shooting, Viet fled to his hometown of Tra Giang, Kien Xuong District and hid in Dong Son Pagoda where he often played with other children when he was small.

A man in the northern province of Thai Binh shot five local land officials on September 11, killing one of them, then killed himself several hours later. The argument, which precipitated the shootings, may be due to his disagreement with the authorities over site clearance. Previously, local authorities revoked Tran Ky-Ky Ba's resettlement area project covering 9ha, including the land plot of Dang Ngoc Viet's family. Before the revocation, the authorities held a meeting to see how the household would respond, but at that time Viet did not appear upset, said Vice Chairman of Ky Ba Ward People's Committee Pham Van Anh. Viet's family was compensated with a resettlement land plot, but Viet refused and wanted to receive the cash compensation instead. Then later, he changed his mind again and decided he did want the land plot. But, when he saw the plot, he said it was not facing the right direction for him and therefore was not suitable; so finally he decided to take the cash. In March … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 16/9

Uncontrollable prices on baby formula challenge authorities Improper management policies have created huge rip-off possibilities in the market place for imported baby formula, which is putting more burden on local parents. According to the statistic from the General Department of Vietnam Customs, the import price is only USD4-5 but the retail price is as high as USD20-43. "Consumers have always had to bear the sky-high advertising costs." Mai Thanh Tong, Vice President of the Accounting Association in HCM City, said. Advertising costs of imported baby formula ranks second, just behind cosmetic products. On top of this there's the commission fee for experts, who are paid to recommend the use of certain milk powders. According to the current laws, enterprises are only allowed to spend 10% of their revenues on advertising, but in reality, the percent might reach as high as 40%. The advertising helps firms imprint their brand names on consumers' minds. A consumer said, "There's only … [Read more...]

Violent incident has continued impacts on land policy

The slow site clearance is among causes of land waste in many localities Amid increasing violations involving land use rights and forcible reclamation, focus has turned to the regulations and enforcement of land law in Vietnam.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Nguyen Minh Quang, addressed Vietnam's evolving land use issues, acknowledging that some regulations and coercive tactics are out-of-date and counter-productive. He pointed out one well-publicised case as a reason for the increased reluctance of local authorities to use coercive tactics to revoke land for large projects. According to a report sent to the National Assembly, this reluctance has increased since the ugly land reclamation incident in Haiphong. On January 5, 2012, authorities tried to reclaim the land of Doan Van Vuon and his family, but were met with violence. Doan and his relatives, not accepting the decision, put up fences, armed themselves and placed improvised explosives along the perimeter. The incident ended in the injury of seven policemen and soldiers. The family fled, but were later caught. According to Nguyen Minh Quang, this incident has had a continuing effect on reclamation, with authorities more … [Read more...]

Vietnamese official escapes jail term in infamous land revocation case

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Nguyen Van Khanh (Center), 52, former vice chairman of Tien Lang District People's Committee, and four other officials involved in a high-profile land revocation case last year. Khanh had his punishment reduced from a jail term of 30 months to a suspended sentence of the same duration for his 'damaging property' conviction at an August 1 hearing. Photo by Pham Hai Sam The Supreme People's Court has commuted a jail term to suspended sentence for a former senior official of Hai Phong City's Tien Lang District, who last year had instructed a large force of police and soldiers force in the revocation of a local farmer's land. The court on August 1 handed down a 30-month suspended sentence to Nguyen Van Khanh, former vice chairman of Tien Lang District People's Committee, for his "damaging property" conviction. He will be put under an additional probation of 42 months. The judge said he was lenient and accepted Khanh's request for lighter punishment because the victims - the family … [Read more...]

Former Tien Lang officials get final sentences

Former vice chairman of Tien Lang District People's Committee Nguyen Van Khanh was given 30-month suspended jail term and a 42-month probation period

The Hai Phong City People's Court on August 1 reviewed and announced the final sentences given to defendants involved in "destroying property, irresponsibility and causing serious consequences" in relation to a case of coercive land reclamation in Vinh Quang commune, Tien Lang District. >> Appeal trial held for Tien Lang farmers The court rejected the appeals of Pham Xuan Hoa, Le Thanh Liem and Pham Dang Hoan, maintaining the original verdict. It gave Pham Xuan Hoa, former chief of the Natural Resources and Environment Department of Tien Lang district, a 24-month suspended sentence and a 48-month probation term. Le Thanh Liem, former chairman of Tien Lang District's Vinh Quang Commune, received a 24-month suspended sentence and a 48-month probation service. Pham Dang Hoan, former secretary of Vinh Quang Commune's Party committee, and Le Van Hien, former chairman of Tien Lang District People's Committee, each received a 15-month suspended prison sentence and a … [Read more...]

Tien Lang officials given final sentences

.The court rejected the appeals of Pham Xuan Hoa, Le Thanh Liem and Pham Dang Hoan, maintaining the original verdict.—VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS)- The Hai Phong City People's Court yesterday reviewed and announced the final sentences given to defendants involved in "destroying property, irresponsibility and causing serious consequences" involvig coercive land reclamation in Vinh Quang commune, Tien Lang District. The court rejected the appeals of Pham Xuan Hoa, Le Thanh Liem and Pham Dang Hoan, maintaining the original verdict. It gave Pham Xuan Hoa, former chief of the Natural Resources and Environment Department of Tien Lang district, a 24-month suspended sentence and a 48-month probation term. Le Thanh Liem, former chairman of Tien Lang District's Vinh Quang Commune, received a 24-month suspended sentence and 48-months' probation. Pham Dang Hoan, former secretary of Vinh Quang Commune's Party committee, and Le Van Hien, former chairman of Tien Lang District People's Committee, each received a 15-month suspended prison sentence and a 30-month probation period. The defendants are banned from holding any … [Read more...]

Final sentences for Tien Lang farmers announced

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The Appeal Court of the Supreme People's Court on July 30 announced the sentences given to six defendants charged with "murder and resisting on-duty officials" in relation to a case of coercive land reclamation in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The court rejected the appeals of Doan Van Vuon - said to be the ringleader - and his brother Doan Van Quy. They were each sentenced to five years' imprisonment for murder. Thanks to mitigating circumstances, Doan Van Sinh received a sentence of two years and nine months in prison, nine months less than that of the original verdict. Doan Van Ve got 19 months in prison, a five month reduction. Pham Thi Bau and Nguyen Thi Thuong were granted suspended sentences of 18 months and 15 months respectively. Before the jury retired to consider its verdict, the accused admitted their guilt and explained the cause of their crimes. According to the statement presented by the Hai Phong People's Procuracy at the April 5 trial, on October 4, … [Read more...]

Court upholds sentences of convicted Tien Lang farmers

The Supreme People's Court opened two cases to review judgments made last April related to a high-profile land eviction in northern Hai Phong City's Tien Lang District.

VietNamNet Bridge - The Supreme People's Court yesterday, July 30, decided to keep the main judgements made last April by the Hai Phong City People's Court related to a high-profile land eviction in the city's Tien Lang District. Appeal trial held for Tien Lang farmers Specifically, Doan Van Vuon as the instigator of the case in which six farmers attempted to assault and kill on-duty officials involved in a coercive land seizure in the district early last year was sentenced to five years' jail. Doan Van Quy, as the most active supporter, was also given a jail term of five years. Doan Van Sinh and Doan Van Ve whose health is reported to be weak, were given a reduction in their jail terms by nine and five months respectively. Accordingly, Sinh was re-sentenced to two years and nine months and Ve 19 months. Pham Thi Bau and Nguyen Thi Thuong received 18-month and 15-month suspended sentences respectively. On November 24, 2011, the Tien Lang District People's Committee passed a … [Read more...]

Appeal Court upholds convictions in Haiphong land eviction case

Doan Van Vuon sentenced five years in prison

The Appeal Court of the Supreme People's Court heard an appeal filed by defendants convicted in the coercive land reclamation case in Haiphong, upholding the sentences of four out of six defendants. The defendants were Doan Van Vuon, 50 years old of the district's Vinh Quang commune, and his accomplices are Doan Van Quy, 47 (Vuon's brother), Doan Van Sinh, 56, and Doan Van Ve, 39, Nguyen Thi Thuong, 43 (Vuon's wife), and Pham Thi Bau, 31 (Quy's wife). The court rejected the remission petition of Doan Van Vuon, Doan Van Quy, Nguyen Thi Thuong and Pham Thi Bau, maintaining the judgments handed down during the first trial on April 5, 2013. Both Vuon and Quy were sentenced to five years in prison. Pham Thi Bau was given an 18-month suspended sentence and Nguyen Thi Thuong was given a 15-month suspended sentence. Sinh and Ve were given reduced sentences. The appeals court sentenced Sinh to 33 months in prison, a 9-month reduction, while Ve was given 19 moths, a 5-month … [Read more...]

Final verdict for Tien Lang farmers

VGP - The Appeal court on Tuesday issued final verdicts for six farmers in Tien Lang District, Hai Phong City, who were charged with "murder and resisting on-duty officials". The six defendants are Doan Van Vuon, Doan Van Quy, Doan Van Sinh, Pham Thi Bau, Nguyen Thi Thuong, and Doan Van Ve. Doan Van Vuon was the ringleader, who together with others, erected defense fences, planted self-made mines and used home-made guns to fire at those executing Tien Lang District People's Committee's decision to revoke land allocated to him in 1993. Vuon and Quy were sentenced to five-year imprisonment for murder, no change was made to their original verdicts. Meanwhile, Sinh will be kept in detention for two years and nine months, or nine months less than the previous verdict and Ve will stand behind bars for 19 months, a five month reduction. Bau and Thuong received suspended sentences of 18 months and 15 months, respectively./. By Huong Giang Appeal trial held for Tien Lang farmers … [Read more...]

Vietnam court upholds jail term for fish farmer in infamous eviction case

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Doan Van Vuon, who led his relatives in an armed resistance against local authorities' attempt to evict them from their land, at his appeal hearing. Photo by Thien Binh The Supreme People's Court has upheld four and reduced two sentences for six farmers convicted of attempted murder or resisting government officials in Vietnam's most high-profile land revocation case to date. The court Tuesday upheld the five-year sentences of Doan Van Vuon and his younger brother Doan Van Quy, for attempted murder, which were given to them by the Hai Phong City People's Court in April. Also convicted of attempted murder, Vuon's older brother, Doan Van Sinh, had his prison term reduced from 42 to 33 months, while his son, Doan Van Ve, saw his reduced from 24 to 19 months. The judge said he was lenient due to Sinh and Ve's honesty and the case's mitigating circumstances. Sinh said he recognized his acts were serious and illegal, proposing the court reduce his sentence due to his poor health and … [Read more...]

Sentences for Tien Lang farmers announced

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The Supreme People'sAppellateCourt rendered on July 30 its guilty verdict and the sentences dealt six defendants charged with "murder and resisting on-duty officials" in connection with a case of coercive land reclamation in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The court unanimously rejected the appeals of Doan Van Vuon - said to be the ringleader - and his brother Doan Van Quy and they were each sentenced to five years' imprisonment for murder. Thanks to mitigating circumstances, Doan Van Sinh received a sentence of two years and nine months in prison, nine months less than that of the original verdict. Doan Van Ve got 19 months in prison, a five month reduction. Pham Thi Bau and Nguyen Thi Thuong were granted suspended sentences of 18 months and 15 months respectively. Before the jury retired to consider its verdict, the accused admitted their guilt and explained the cause of their crimes. According to the statement presented by the Hai Phong People's Procuracy at the April … [Read more...]

Appeal trial held for Tien Lang farmers

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The Hanoitimes - The Appeal Court of the Supreme People's Court o­n July 29 began the appeal trial of six defendants charged with "murder and resisting o­n-duty officials" in relation with a case of coercive land reclamation in the northern port city of Hai Phong. The first day of the three-day trial saw the presence of five out of seven victims of the case , who are officials and former officials of Tien Lang district. The two others ha ve sound reasons for their absence. The six defendants filed their appeal following the first instance trial o­n April 5, 2013 , during which the Hai Phong People's Court sentenced Doan Van Vuon and Doan Van Quy to five years in prison, Doan Van Sinh - three years and six months, and Doan Van Ve - two years. Pham Thi Bau and Nguyen Thi Thuong were given 18-month and 15-month suspended sentences respectively. According to the statement presented by the Hai Phong People's Procuracy at the April 5 trial, o­n October 4, 1993 the Tien Lang district … [Read more...]