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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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. … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]