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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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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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...]

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 … [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...]

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