Duong Chi Dung stands trial again in Hanoi

Duong Chi Dung and 8 other defenders inside the courtroom

(VOV) - A court of appeal began in Hanoi on April 22 against Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), who was charged with embezzlement and violation of State regulations on economic management. Two former Vinalines bosses face death sentence Death penalty proposed for Vinalines former bosses Two more Vinashin bosses suspended Eight other defenders, including Mai Van Phuc, former General Director of Vinalines, were also brought to the court. At … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s cooperative potential introduced in France

(VOV) - Evaluating the huge potential of cooperation between Vietnam and France in economics, culture and human resources was the focus of discussions at a recent seminar held in Tours France, the capital of the Indre Et Loire department. The event, part of activities marking the Vietnam Year in France, attracted representatives from Indre Et Loire, neighboring areas in the region and French friends seeking investment opportunities in Vietnam. Speaking at the seminar, Tours Deputy Mayor … [Read more...]

Denounce corrupt Vietnamese officials to get reward of up to over $475,000

>> Ex-leaders of Vinalines get death in $19 mln corruption case>> Tycoon, ex minister indicted in high-profile case >> Ex-Vietinbank official gets life in $188 mln swindling case

The Vietnamese Government Inspectorate has issued an inter-ministerial circular draft under which denunciators of corruption will be rewarded with up to over VND10 billion (US$475,000) in a bid to encourage everybody to take part in the fight against corruption. The Inspectorate is collecting opinions and feedback on the circular, which provides regulations on the establishment, management, and use of a reward fund for anti-corruption. Under the draft law document, corruption … [Read more...]

Corruption makes for expensive projects

Pham Chi Lan

After the JTC bribery scandal was exposed, economist Pham Chi Lan said that transport construction projects in Vietnam often have inflated price tags as a result of corruption. This is not the first time Vietnamese officials have been accused of taking bribes from foreign firms. According to Lan, this will harm the credibility of Vietnamese authorities in the eyes of foreign investors as well as the country's citizens. "Since our management of ODA projects has already shown many … [Read more...]

US – the target destination for big bosses who commit mortal sins

Analysts have noted that the number of Vietnamese criminals trying to flee abroad to escape the punishment has been increasing rapidly.

VietNamNet Bridge - Anticipating that the mortal sins they committed would cast them into prison, a lot of "big bosses" tried to escape over the border. The US proves to be the most wanted destination. The unsuccessful escapes The criminals, mostly prosecuted for the charges of drug trafficking, embezzlement, and corruption, have been "supported" by the strong development of the science and technology, convenient transport means and easier immigration procedures. Duong Chi Dung, former … [Read more...]

What are the 24,000 Vietnamese PhDs doing?


VietNamNet Bridge - The majority of Vietnamese PhDs do not follow scientific research or work as school lecturers. The latest report of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) showed that 633 PhDs now work as the lecturers at junior colleges (3-year training), while 8,519 as the lecturers at universities nationwide. Prior to that, Vietnam announced it has had 24,300 PhDs. What are the other 15,000 PhDs then? The high ranking officials at state agencies If counting the Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Investigation halted as Vietnam bigwig accused of bribery in major corruption case dies

This picture taken on December 14, 2013 shows Duong Chi Dung, former Vinalines chairman, standing trial at Hanoi's People's Court. Photo: AFP

An investigation into an information leak in a multimillion dollar graft case at state shipping giant Vinalines will be halted because the suspect, a deputy public security minister, has died, a senior official has said. Judge Truong Viet Toan, deputy head of Hanoi Criminal Court, was speaking to Vietweek in an interview on Wednesday, one day after the Ministry of Public Security's website announced that Senior Lieutenant-General Pham Quy Ngo died of liver cancer that same day at the 108 … [Read more...]

Vietnam senior official, accused of receiving $510,000 in bribes, dies of cancer

Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo

Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo, accused of receiving US$510,000 in bribes at a recent high-profile corruption trial, died of cancer at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Senior Lieutenant General Ngo, a member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, was undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported. He headed a team that investigated wrongdoings which resulted in losses of billions of dollars to the state exchequer at … [Read more...]

Internal affairs body to handle claims against vice police minister

The Central Internal Affairs Commission said it has been assigned by the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee to handle the accusations from Duong Chi Dung, the former chairman of Vinalines, against a Deputy Minister of Public Security. >> 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: … [Read more...]

Viet Nam Year in France kicks off with Paris performance gala

Sensation: A scene in The Steadfast Tin Soldier of a three-part puppet show presented to French audience in Paris recently is seen as the first activity to kick off the Viet Nam Year in France. Adapted from Danish author Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, the show is a co-operation between France and Viet Nam. — Photo courtesy of Viet Nam National Puppetry Theatre PARIS (VNS)— A colourful combination of cultural and art performances in front of about 2,000 guests in the Chatelet Theatre, … [Read more...]