Vietnam police probe slander in BBC Vietnamese article

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Investigative police under Vietnam's Ministry of Public Security initiated an investigation on Friday into a criminal slander case pursuant to Article 122 of the Vietnamese Penal Code in relation to the article "Dương Chí Dũng và những triệu đôla," published April 24 on the BBC Vietnamese website under the byline Nguyễn Hùng. The article, which can be translated as "Duong Chi Dung and the millions of dollars," included these lines: "Theo ông Dũng, người đưa tiền của bà Lan cho ông tên là Tiệp. Các nguồn tin nói đây là ám chỉ thiếu tướng Trần Quang Tiệp, trợ lý Bộ trưởng Bộ Công an Trần Đại Quang." (According to Mr. Dung, the person who gave Ms. Lan's money to him was Tiep. Sources said this alluded to Major General Tran Quang Tiep, an assistant to Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang.) Lieutenant General Hoang Kong Tu, chief of the investigative police under the public security ministry, told Cong An Nhan Dan (People's Police) newspaper in an interview on Friday that … [Read more...]

Environment fund says soft loans await enterprises

Nguyen Nam Phuong, director of the fund, told participants at an investment promotion seminar in HCMC that manufacturers could take out a loan worth 70% to 75% of the total value of their projects for a term of up to 10 years and with an interest rate of 5.4% per year. Like other credit institutions, the fund requires borrowers to have certain assets as collateral for their loans. Phuong said this was a non-profit fund mandated to support production companies which are looking for greener business. … [Read more...]

Youths face extortion charges for threats to kidnap, kill, bomb

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking an indictment against two young men for threatening a business man and his family with a bomb in an attempt to extort US$20,000. A source told Thanh Nien that the plot's mastermind, 19-year-old Ngo Van Sam and his partner, 20-year-old Pham Van Cuong, are facing extortion charges. Ngo Van Sam (L) and Pham Van Cuong … [Read more...]

Police nab two men, 19 and 20, for blackmail, demanding ransom

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Two young men were arrested in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday for making death threats and collecting a US$20,000 ransom from a businessman. One of them is the victim's cousin. Police, who were informed of the threats two days earlier by the victim, Ngo Xuan Tiec, 46, president and director of the city-based Tam Sinh Nghia Investment-Development Company, caught Pham Van Cuong, 20, red-handed receiving the ransom. Ngo Van Sam (L) and Pham Van Cuong … [Read more...]

Kazakhstan’s Lower House Speaker to visit Vietnam

Kazakhstan’s Lower House Speaker to visit Vietnam Speaker of the Kazakh Parliament’s Lower House Kabibulla Dzhakupov will visit Vietnam and attend the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly. The March 27-31 visit is made at the invitation of the National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, announced the NA’s Committee for External Affairs. Vietnam and Kazakhstan established diplomatic relations in 1992. The sides have signed several important cooperative documents in various realms during the 2011-2013 period, including agreements on animal quarantine and protection, investment encouragement and protection, tourism cooperation and judicial assistance in civil and trade sectors. Vietnam aids Cambodia to build military school The Engineering High Command of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) inaugurated the Vietnamese-funded building for the management board of the Decho Sapper School in Kampong Cham province on March 23. Once operational, the Decho … [Read more...]

Vietnam extends condolences to Singapore over Lee Kuan Yew’s death

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Vietnam extends condolences to Singapore over Lee Kuan Yew’s death Vietnamese leaders extended condolences to their Singaporean counterparts over the death of the former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong sent condolences to Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party Lee Hsien Loong, while State President Truong Tan Sang conveyed his sympathy to President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung passed his condolences to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the loss. The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also expressed his sympathies to Singaporean Foreign Minister K Shanmugam. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew passed away early on March 23 at the age of 91. Lee Kuan Yew was the founding Prime Minister of Singapore and father of the … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Thailand strengthen judicial co-operation

Vietnamese and Thai Ministries of Justice sign a MoU on co-operation in legal and judicial affairs in Hanoi on March 23. (Image credit: moj.gov.vn)

NDO – Thailand’s Minister of Justice, General Paiboon Khumchaya led a high-ranking delegation on a working visit to Vietnam on March 23, at the invitation of Vietnam’s Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong. The two ministers held talks in Hanoi this morning, informing each other of their nation’s socio-economic development as well as their legal, judicial and reform work. They also discussed issues of mutual concern in formulating laws and enforcement. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on co-operation in legal and judicial affairs, which recognises the commitments of both sides to mutual co-operation and support in advantageous fields. Accordingly, the two ministries will share experiences on legal and judicial reform, improve laws on civil verdict enforcement, and develop a system of enforcement of civil judgments, as well as promoting legal education, law enforcement monitoring, and resolving disputes outside of court. They will … [Read more...]

Thailand, Vietnam bolster judicial cooperation

The Vietnamese and Thai Ministries of Justice have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in legal and judicial affairs. The document, reached by Vietnamese Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong and his Thai counterpart Paiboon Khumchaya during talks in Hanoi on March 23, highlighted the commitments of both sides to mutual support and cooperation in advantageous fields. The two ministries will share experience in legal and judicial reform, support one another at regional and international forums, and coordinate in improving laws on the execution of civil verdicts, informing citizens of laws and regulations, addressing disputes outside the court system, and enhancing the capacity of judicial officials. The ministers agreed to work together to realise and implement the MoU efficiently. During his one-day stay in Vietnam, the Thai Minister also visited Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Thailand bolster judicial cooperation

The Vietnamese and Thai Ministries of Justice have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in legal and judicial affairs. The document, reached by Vietnamese Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong and his Thai counterpart Paiboon Khumchaya during talks in Hanoi on March 23, highlighted the commitments of both sides to mutual support and cooperation in advantageous fields. The two ministries will share experience in legal and judicial reform; support one another at regional and international forums; and coordinate in improving laws on the execution of civil verdicts, informing citizens of laws and regulations, addressing disputes outside the court system, and enhancing the capacity of judicial officials. The ministers agreed to work together to realise and implement the MoU efficiently. During his one-day stay in Vietnam, the Thai Minister also visited Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang.-VNA … [Read more...]

Minister values UN support for Vietnam’s development

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang (right) and Acting Chairman of the UN General Assembly Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov. (Photo: cand.com.vn)

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang has appreciated the United Nations’ support for Vietnam in fields, especially the development and implementation of millennium development goals. Vietnam always attaches importance to fostering ties with the UN, considering this as a priority in the country’s foreign policy, Minister Quang affirmed during his meetings with Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov, Acting Chairman of the UN General Assembly and Toyberg Frandzen, Interim Assistant Secretary General for political affairs, as part of his visit to the US on March 19-20. The minister asserted that Vietnam strongly supports the central role played by the UN in dealing with challenges of global and regional peace and security and in promoting the settlement of disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law. The two UN officials spoke of Vietnam’s contributions to the UN strategies and action plans, saying the country has well performed its role as a highly … [Read more...]

Vietnam- a responsible member of the world community

Minister Tran Dai Quang meets with Acting President of the UN General Assembly Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov

(VOVworld)- Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang visited the UN Headquarters in New York and met with UN leaders during his visit to the US over the past two days. During the meetings, Acting President of the UN General Assembly Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov and Assistant to the UN Secretary General for Political and Security Affairs Toyberg Frandzen praised Vietnam’s contributions to mapping out strategies and action programs for the UN. Minister Tran Dai Quang highlighted Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation, development, multi-lateralization and diversification of foreign relations and being a responsible member of the international community. He said Vietnam always respects relations with the UN considering it a priority of Vietnam’s foreign policy. Minister Quang said Vietnam strongly supports the UN’s central role in dealing with challenges to ensure the world’s peace and security. Vietnam has officially … [Read more...]

Vietnam- a responsible partner of the world community

Minister Tran Dai Quang meets with Acting President of the UN General Assembly Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov

(VOVworld)- Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang visited the UN Headquarters in New York and met with UN leaders during his visit to the US over the past two days. During the meetings, Acting President of the UN General Assembly Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov and Assistant to the UN Secretary General for Political and Security Affairs Toyberg Frandzen praised Vietnam’s contributions to mapping out strategies and action programs for the UN. Minister Tran Dai Quang highlighted Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation, development, multi-lateralization and diversification of foreign relations and being a responsible member of the international community. He said Vietnam always respects relations with the UN considering it a priority of Vietnam’s foreign policy. Minister Quang said Vietnam strongly supports the UN’s central role in dealing with challenges to ensure the world’s peace and security. Vietnam has officially … [Read more...]

Vietnam, US enhance security, judicial cooperation

A meeting between Minister Tran Dai Quang and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

(VOVworld) – Vietnamese Minister of Public Security, General Tran Dai Quang, held talks with US Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, in Washington on Tuesday. The two leaders agreed to foster cooperation in security and home affairs and deepen the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership. They agreed to maintain current cooperative mechanisms and consider negotiating other agreements to build a legal framework for bilateral cooperation, including treaties on extradition, the transfer of sentenced or imprisoned persons, Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, money laundering prevention and control, and exit and entry management. In separate talks between Minister Tran Dai Quang and Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of US Department of Justice, Leslie Caldwell, both sides agreed to review the outcomes of efforts by the two countries’ law enforcement and judicial agencies to map out cooperation strategies. They were unanimous in furthering … [Read more...]

Vietnam, US vow to promote police force cooperation

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Vietnam and the U.S. have agreed to beef up their ties by promoting cooperation between the Southeast Asian country’s police force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), newswire Vietnamplus reported Tuesday. The agreement was reached on March 16 during a meeting between Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and James Comey, director of the FBI. The meeting was organized within the framework of Minister Quang’s official visit to the U.S. Speaking at the meeting, Comey appreciated the Vietnamese delegation’s visit as it deepens the comprehensive partnership between the two countries in terms of maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world. Besides negotiating for the signing of cooperation documents to establish a legal framework for crime prevention, including a convict extradition and transfer agreement, the two officials also consented to enhance collaboration between the Vietnamese police force and the FBI through … [Read more...]

Minister Tran Dai Quang meets with senior US officials

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Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang (front, right) and Senator John McCain (front, left) (Photo: VNA) Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang held bilateral talks with senior US officials in Washington D.C. on March 17 as part of his ongoing working visit to enhance the comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the US. During a meeting between the Minister and US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, the two sides agreed to elevate bilateral cooperation in security and internal affairs while deepening the two countries’ comprehensive partnership and maintaining the current coordination mechanism. They concurred to build a legal framework and hold negotiations towards the signing of cooperation agreements in convict extradition and transfer, money laundering prevention, and entrance and exit management. They also plan to share experience in the fields and collaborate to ensure security and safety for resident agencies, businesses, and citizens in the … [Read more...]

VN, US cooperate in preventing crimes

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VGP – Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang on March 16 held talks with US Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey during on his visit to the US. Mr. James Comey highly valued Viet Nam’s efforts and cooperation in preventing and controlling crimes with the US law enforcement agencies, in general and with the FBI, in particular, expecting that the Vietnamese Minister’s visit will strengthen the Comprehensive Partnership between the two countries and contribute to the international and regional peace and stability. He thanked the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and other investigation agencies for investigating and pursuing criminals and handing over evidence related to several cases as requested by the US. Minister Quang lauded the development in the two nations’ relations over the past 20 years of normalizing diplomatic ties, especially after establishing the Comprehensive Partnership. The two sides appraised the positive … [Read more...]

FBI to transfer DNA testing software to Vietnam police

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Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang (L) shakes hand with Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey in Washington on March 16, 2015. Photo credit: CAND The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will transfer the DNA testing software to the Vietnamese police under an agreement signed in Washington on Monday. The signing was witnessed by FBI Director James Comey and Vietnam’s Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, who arrived in Washington D.C. on March 15 for an official visit to the US. In their talks, Comey and Quang agreed to enhance collaboration between the Vietnamese police force and the FBI through existing mechanisms while speeding up negotiations towards signing cooperation documents to establish a legal framework on crime prevention, including a convict extradition and transfer agreement. Comey said that Quang’s visit will contribute to deepening the comprehensive partnership between the two countries. He thanked the … [Read more...]

Public Security Minister visits US

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VGP – Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang led a Vietnamese delegation to pay an official to the US on March 15 at the invitation of the US law enforcement agencies. The Vietnamese Minister met with US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and the Pacific Scot Marciel the same day. The Minister lauded the two nations’ cooperation in terms of socio-economic development, anti-crimes, ensuring national security and defense, especially the establishment of Comprehensive Partnership in July 2013. Mr. Scot Marciel welcomed the official visit of the Vietnamese Minister on the occasion of the 20thanniversary of the normalization of the diplomatic relations. He said that the visit has contributed to enhancing bilateral relationship and provided a promising start for Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to the US and other high-ranking visits. The same day, Minister Quang visited the Vietnamese Embassy in the US. By Thuy Dung … [Read more...]

Vietnam and Cuba strengthen procuracy exchanges and cooperation

Before meeting with President Truong Tan Sang, Director of Cuban Supreme People’s Procuracy Office, Dario Delgado Cura met with Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang

(VOVworld) - President Truong Tan Sang received Director of Cuban Supreme People’s Procuracy Office, Dario Delgado Cura, in Hanoi on Thursday. He called for more cooperation and sharing of experiences, especially in procuracy and Party building to prevent corruption and crimes to facilitate national development. The Cuba chief prosecutor said Cuban people always remember the close relations between the two countries over the past 50 years and pledged more bilateral cooperation in all areas. … [Read more...]

US to provide 6 patrol ships to Vietnam as ties strengthen

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Major Ly V. Thang speaks at a press conference on March 6, 2015. Photo credit: VnExpress The US plans to provide six modern patrol ships to support Vietnam's rescue and law enforcement missions, an officer said Friday. Ly V. Thang, head of the defense cooperation office at the US Embassy in Hanoi, said the US and Vietnam are finishing negotiations for the transfer of the vessels, which is expected to take place next year. US State Secretary John Kerry in 2013 announced a funding package of US$18 million to help Vietnam strengthen maritime security and the US is delivering on that promise, Ly said at a press conference. He said Vietnam and the US have seen much success in security and defense cooperation over the past 20 years of bilateral relations, including a memorandum of understanding for defense cooperation signed in 2011. The countries now share commitments for a peaceful and stable Asia-Pacific as well as mutual approaches on dealing with security issues in the region. Ly … [Read more...]