Corruption cases no longer automatically liable for death penalty

The National Assembly has approved an exemption in the death penalty for those found guilty of corruption if they are able to return three-quarters of the assets they have stolen, according to the newly amended penal code. Former Vinalines chairman Duong Chi Dung, who was convicted of buying an out-dated floating dock,leading to losses of VND700bn, was given a death sentence last year Many NA deputies opposed the amendment, arguing that criminals would be more aggressive if they knew they still had a way of avoiding the death penalty, while other deputies emphasised the importance of recovering the stolen assets. Many deputies demanded a clearer definition of the wording in the law which implied that if the criminal made amends then they would be eligible for avoiding the death penalty. Other criminals including pregnant women, women with children under 36 months or people over 75 years old would remain exempt from capital punishment. The National Assembly Standing Committee … [Read more...]

Corrupt officials can escape death if they are contrite, Vietnam lawmakers decide

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Duong Chi Dung (C), former chairman of state shipping giant Vinalines, stood an appeal trial in Hanoi last April. He and one of his subordinates were sentenced to death for embezzling VND10 billion (US$474,000) each in a dock scam busted in May 2012. Photo: Manh Quan People convicted of embezzlement or bribery can escape the death penalty if they return at least three quarters of the ill-gotten wealth and blow the whistle on others involved under amendments to the Penal Code approved by the National Assembly Friday. The amendments take effect next July. Nearly 70 percent of lawmakers voted for the changes. Embezzlement of more than VND500 million and receiving bribes of more than VND300 million while also "causing serious consequences" are now punishable by death. The amendments also abolish capital punishment for robbery, drug possession, drug appropriation, the production and trade of fake food, destruction of projects of national security importance, surrendering to the enemy, … [Read more...]

Government News In B

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Italian President to visit Viet Nam Italian President Sergio Mattarella will pay a State visit to Viet Nam from November 5-8. The visit is made at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang. Belgian president of Senate visits Viet Nam A delegation of Belgian Senate, led by Senate President Christine Defraigne, has started an eight-day official visit to Viet Nam yesterday at the invitation of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. Condolences to Russia over plane crash President Truog Tan Sang has sent his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the deadly crash of a Russian passenger plane. The Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed early on Saturday after it took off from Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh, heading for Russia's Saint Petersburg. Panama fosters friendship with Vietnam Panama has continuously attached significance to fostering its friendship and co-operative ties with Vietnam, President Juan Carlos Valera … [Read more...]

Banquet celebrates 61st National Day of Algeria

NDO/VNA – Algerian Ambassador to Vietnam Mohamed Berrah hosted a banquet in Hanoi on November 2 to mark the 61st National Day of the North African country (November 1, 1954). Outstanding guests included Assistant to the Vietnamese Foreign Minister Duong Chi Dung and representatives of local ministries and sectors, diplomatic corps, and international organisations. Addressing the event, the Algerian diplomat voiced his delight at the development of the solidarity and friendship between the two countries’ peoples. He congratulated Vietnam on its election to the United Nations Economic and Social Council for the 2016-2018 tenure, adding that he hopes Algeria will also become a member of the council so that the two countries could coordinate effectively in this important organ. He emphasised that Algeria is willing to consolidate its co-operation with Vietnam for the sake of shared interests and wished their multifaceted affiliation will further flourish. … [Read more...]

Vietnam participates in La Francophonie ministerial meeting

(VOV) -A Vietnamese delegation attended the 31st Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie in the Armenian capital city of Yerevan that drew the participation of almost 30 foreign ministers of francophone countries and leaders of French-speaking organisations. The event transpiring from October 10-11 reviewed the implementation of decisions at the 2014 Summit of La Francophonie and examined ways to promote peace and ensure stability in member nations such as the Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Mali, highlighting efforts to preserve cultural and language diversity. Participants underlined the need to spur economic cooperation among member countries and support the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference consented to adopt resolutions on promoting peace, diversity and mutual understanding; coping with climate change; the role of the youth; and migration and genocide-related issues. Assistant to the Foreign Minister Duong Chi Dung … [Read more...]

Vietnam takes part in La Francophonie ministerial meeting

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A Vietnamese delegation attended the 31st Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie in the Armenian capital city of Yerevan from October 10-11, which attracted nearly 30 foreign ministers of francophone countries and leaders of French-speaking organisations. The event reviewed the implementation of decisions at the 2014 Summit of La Francophonie and discussed ways to boost peace and stability in member nations such as the Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Mali, highlighting efforts to promote cultural and language diversity. Delegates emphasised the need to enhance economic cooperation among member countries and support the realisation of Sustainable Development Goals. The conference agreed to ratify resolutions on fostering peace, diversity and mutual understanding; coping with climate change; the role of the youth; and migration and genocide-related issues. Leading the Vietnamese delegation to the event, Assistant to the Foreign Minister Duong Chi Dung … [Read more...]

31st Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie convened

31st Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie in Armenia    (Photo: armradio.am)

(VOVworld) – Nearly 30 Foreign Ministers have taken part in the 31st Ministerial Conference of the Francophie in Yerevan, Armenia. At the conference, Duong Chi Dung, Assistant to Vietnam’s Foreign Minister, highlighted Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development, diplomatic policies for peace, cooperation and development as well as its active international integration. He also called on the Francophonie community to support Vietnam’s peaceful attempts to resolve the East Sea issue based on international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and soon reaching the Code of Conducts by Parties in the East Sea. On the sideline of the conference, Mr. Dung met with leaders from some Francophonie countries to discuss ways to promote cooperation between Vietnam and the Francophonie countries and called on their support for Vietnam’s candidacy for the UN’s Economic and … [Read more...]

E-learning course empowers women’s leadership

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched an online training course to increase women’s capacity and confidence in elections in Hanoi on September 18. As part of a project on enhancing women’s leadership capacity for international integration, the "Ready for success" course is to provide women with fundamental knowledge on the political system in Vietnam, election process and the role of relevant agencies in candidate selection. Learners will also be equipped with necessary candidacy skills such as building and presenting a plan of action, meeting constituents, and working with the press. The course also encourages the interaction between trainees and consultants via multiple choice questions, exercises, and forums. UNDP Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta mentioned barriers facing female Vietnamese candidates such as time budget, geographical distance, and financial matter. She said the course … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s diplomatic service promotes tradition

PANO – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 20th held an international scientific conference themed "Diplomatic service of Vietnam: 70 years of tradition and the future orientation". Around 100 participants from embassies and representative offices of international organizations in Hanoi joined the event. The conference has confirmed the fact that over the past 70 years, Vietnam’s diplomatic service has contributed significantly to the cause of national construction and protection, improving the position of Vietnam in the international arena. Vietnam has been playing an increasingly important role in maintaining peace and stability in the region as well as the world. Participants at the conference "Friend to all and foe to no nations" In the opening speech, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh stressed that since the establishment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 28th 1945, the service has significantly contributed to national … [Read more...]

Vietnam to deepen relations with foreign partners

Vietnam will make greater efforts to deepen its external relations, primarily with key partners and traditional friends, in the new stage of development, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said at a conference held in Hanoi on August 20 to mark 70 years of Vietnam’s diplomacy. In multilateral diplomacy, Vietnam continues to be a proactive and responsible ASEAN member and simultaneously participate in other multilateral mechanisms, first and foremost the United Nations, he said. Vietnam always remembers the huge support of the international community to its national liberation, development and integration and hopes to receive more global assistance to contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and beyond, he added. Chinese Ambassador Hong Xiaoyong spoke of the Vietnamese diplomacy sector’s efforts in promoting its important role in building a socialist country of independence, self-reliance and happiness. He hailed the … [Read more...]

Death penalty still needed to punish corrupt officials, lawmakers say

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Duong Chi Dung (C), former chairman of state shipping giant Vinalines, stood an appeal trial in Hanoi last April. He and one of his subordinates were sentenced to death for embezzling VND10 billion (US$474,000) each in a dock scam busted in May 2012. Photo: Hoang Trang Many lawmakers have objected to the government's plan to let convicts escape death penalties by returning half of the money or property they gained from their offenses. According to the proposal, part of a series of amendments drafted for Vietnam's Penal Code, the rule should be applied to people who do not commit "extremely serious" crimes, without specifying which ones. Lawmakers interpreted the proposal as a way out for corruption convicts, arguing that they will be the main beneficiary and that the rule, if passed, will cause injustice. Nguyen Duc Chung, an assemblyman from Hanoi, said at a meeting on Tuesday it is "unfair" that corrupt officials who steal a huge amount of public money can live, while while poor … [Read more...]

Female entrepreneurs gather to enhance ASEAN equality

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Viet Nam has committed to encouraging more women entrepreneurs to participate in the global value chain, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said yesterday at a forum in Ha Noi. The 2015 ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Forum (AWEF), titled ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs in AEC: Transforming Opportunities into Realities, focused on preparing for the coming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The AEC will start operating at the end of this year, bringing both opportunities and challenges for budding enterprises, especially. The forum was held as part of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneur Network (AWEN). It was organised by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI); the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The organisers aimed to create more opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the region. To utilise the business climate created by the new AEC, women entrepreneurs must be creative in analyzing and forecasting business climates, … [Read more...]

Foreign female diplomats gather on Int’l Women Day

Foreign female diplomats at the exchange (Photo: VNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) held a cultural exchange for foreign female diplomats in the northern province of Bac Ninh on March 6 ahead of the International Women's Day (March 8). Addressing the event, Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Duong Chi Dung thanked the diplomats for fostering their countries’ friendly cooperative ties with Vietnam, saying this laid the good foundation for the country’s sustainable development and international integration. On behalf of the guests, Iraida de Rondon, spouse of the Venezuelan Ambassador, thanked the MOFA and the locality for the warm reception. She also expressed hope of having more chances to take part in various friendship activities in Vietnam. At the event, participants enjoyed the performance of Quan Ho (love duet singing), Bac Ninh’s unique folk art which was recognized as part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. They also … [Read more...]

Foreign female diplomats gather on International Women’s Day

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The diplomats learn about Dong Ho folk painting in Bac Ninh. (VNA) NDO/VNA – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) held a cultural exchange for foreign female diplomats in the northern province of Bac Ninh on March 6 ahead of the International Women's Day (March 8). Addressing the event, Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Duong Chi Dung thanked the diplomats for fostering their countries’ friendly co-operative ties with Vietnam, saying this laid the good foundation for the country’s sustainable development and international integration. On behalf of the guests, Iraida de Rondon, spouse of the Venezuelan Ambassador, thanked the MOFA and the locality for the warm reception. She also expressed hope of having more chances to take part in various friendship activities in Vietnam. At the event, participants enjoyed the performance of Quan Ho (love duet singing), Bac Ninh’s unique folk art which was recognised as part of the world’s … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Tet gifts may mask bribery, corruption

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Gifts at Tet and other special occasions are being used to mask bribes, and authorities need to take earnest steps to curb corruption, experts say. Tet gifts on display Associate Professor Dang Ngoc Dinh, of the Centre for Community Support Development Studies, said excessive gifts on special occasions, such as Tet, and at weddings and funerals, are becoming symptomatic of the complicated corruption situation in Vietnam. The government inspectorate recently launched a hotline for reporting cases of bribery and corruption during Tet. Dinh said that while such a measure was welcome, it would not necessarily be effective because a bribe could easily be passed off as a legitimate gift. "Only the givers and receivers would know," he said. "But we can generally understand that normal gifts are more symbolic while bribes would be more expensive. When corruption can't be curbed, people will continue giving bribes during special occasions." Dinh said that while a gift might not be cash, … [Read more...]

Cases that commanded the most attention in Vietnam in 2014

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The year 2014 has passed with many serious cases brought to court in Vietnam and myriad heavy sentences handed down, including one death penalty for ex-leader of Vinalines Duong Chi Dung in a corruption crackdown and the 30-year jail term for ex-banking tycoon Nguyen Duc Kien. Let us have a look again at six of the most attention-grabbing cases reported during the past year on Tuoi Tre News.Court upholds death for former shipping officials The Supreme People’s Court in Hanoi on May 7 upheld the death sentences for Duong Chi Dung, ex-chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), and Mai Van Phuc, former CEO of the state-owned corporation, for their serious corruption offenses. The hearing was opened by the court on April 22 for Dung, 57, and eight others who appealed the sentences handed down on them at the first instance trial in December 2013. Dung and his accomplices were found guilty of causing a loss of over VND366 billion (US$17.4 million then) to … [Read more...]

Government News 23/12

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets the Minister of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, Leopoldo Cintra Prias yesterday.

Party chief greets Cuban minister of armed forces Minister of Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces Leopoldo Cintra Frias reiterated strong will to further strengthen the fraternal friendship and cooperation with the Vietnamese Party, State and people as he met Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on December 22. Leopoldo Cintra Frias said Cuba considers what Vietnam has achieved as a reference to its policy of updating socio-economic development model. He informed the host of the recent outcomes of his talks with Vietnamese Defence Ministry units, and expressed his belief that Vietnam will reap more rewards on its path to development under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The Party chief affirmed the Vietnamese Party and people’s support to Cuba’s revolutionary cause. He congratulated the Cuban Party, State and people on their tireless fight over the past 50 years, which has led to the normalisation of ties with the US. Vietnam and Cuba share … [Read more...]

President hails procuracy sector’s efforts to uncover corruption cases

President Truong Tan Sang at the working session. Photo: VNA

President Truong Tan Sang met with officials of the Supreme People’s Procuracy in Hanoi on December 22, hailing the sector’s efforts to perform their duties, particularly in bringing major corruption cases to light. The State leader, who also chairs the Central Steering Committee for Judicial Reform, spoke highly of the sector’s endeavor to thoroughly and strictly deal with major cases involving Duong Chi Dung - former chairman of the State-owned shipping corporation Vinalines, Huynh Thi Huyen Nhu - former Deputy Chief of the Risk Management Department of the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), and Nguyen Duc Kien - former Vice Chairman of the founding council of the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB). He also highlighted their success in detecting and investigating prosecution-related violations in northern Bac Giang and Ha Nam, central Thanh Hoa, and southern Soc Trang provinces. The President also pointed out to the complicated … [Read more...]

Government News 8/12

WB vows to assist Vietnam’s economic restructuring The World Bank (WB) is committed to helping Vietnam restructure its economy to achieve progress in the coming time, WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa assured Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh in Hanoi on December 5. Kwakwa said the WB highly values Vietnam ’s economic restructuring efforts, with a focus on the banking system, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and public investment, while taking note of the country’s achievements in maintaining macro-economic stability, foreign investment attraction and sustainable economic development. … [Read more...]