Vietnam drug traffickers sentenced to death

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Three notorious drug bosses were sentenced to death Monday in northern Vietnam with their police benefactor getting a life term. A court in Ha Giang province in the northern mountains also sentenced five other members of the gang to life in jail after 50 people were tried for trafficking heroin and weapons and bribery. The ring smuggled around 840kgs of heroin and 70 handguns to provinces bordering China to sell to Chinese customers. … [Read more...]

High-ranking policeman arrested for role in drug trafficking

A high-ranking border policeman of in the northern province of Vietnam was arrested yesterday for his involvement in a drug trafficking ring, reported provincial authorities. Lieutenant-colonel Lam Quoc Ngu of Phu Tho Northern Province, chief of the Pho Bang border post in Dong Van district of Ha Giang province, was arrested for his involvement in the drug ring, which has been operating since 1992. Through Quoc Ngu's confession, police decided to arrest Nguyen Tien Nuoi, a former vice chief of the Pho Bang border post who had retired 10 years ago. … [Read more...]

Massive trial begins for northern contraband transport ring

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A court in Tuyen Quang province began yesterday hearing the case for 50 defendants, including state officials, for an illegal drug and weapons transport seizure two years ago. The case, uncovered in December 2004, involved roughly 100 people in several northern provinces, including Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai, Son La, Vinh Phuc and Hanoi. Among the 50 defendants charged in the court, 11 were officials and border policemen of Ha Giang and Vinh Phuc provinces. … [Read more...]

Ring to face courts over drugs, weapons

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A total of 52 people in northern Tuyen Quang province - including police and border guards - have been nabbed smuggling drugs and weapons to China, said anti-narcotics officers Friday. The ring, including 11 police and patrol guards, traded 70 handguns, 3.2 kg of heroin and a whopping 814.5kg of opium. Police in Tuyen Quang, 200km north of Hanoi, have investigated the case since late 2004, when Hanoi police caught Tran Huu Thuy and Lai Trung Thong red-handed carrying 4 pistols - rare among civilians in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Ring to face courts over drugs, weapons

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A total of 52 people in northern Tuyen Quang province - including police and border guards - have been nabbed smuggling drugs and weapons to China, said anti-narcotics officers Friday. The ring, including 11 police and patrol guards, traded 70 handguns, 3.2 kg of heroin and a whopping 814.5kg of opium. Police in Tuyen Quang, 200km north of Hanoi, have investigated the case since late 2004, when Hanoi police caught Tran Huu Thuy and Lai Trung Thong red-handed carrying 4 pistols - rare among civilians in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

US think tank calls for naval observers in East Sea

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The Boston Global Forum, a non-profit forum for international scholars, has urged the United States and the European Union to deploy naval ships to observe China's activities in Vietnamese waters. On May 27, the non-profit think tank announced a new initiative to take swift action to ensure peace in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea. The Initiative's mission is to alleviate the threat of war in the region by facilitating open dialogue amongst involved nations, the BGF said in a release. … [Read more...]

Following the river

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Construction workers in the northern mountains raise families moving from one hydropower project to the next. Dinh Duy Thuong, a worker at the Son La Hydropower Plant, raises two children in housing provided by the project after his wife and co-worker died in an accident at the site. … [Read more...]

Charges confirmed against electric meter scam accused

Vietnam’s highest prosecution agency Monday ratified charges against 17 people involved in an electric meter purchasing scam at the Ho Chi Minh City Electric Power Company several years ago. Le Minh Hoang and Le Van Hoanh, former director and deputy director respectively of the HCMC Electric Power Company, and 10 other state officials would stand trial for “violating state economic regulations causing serious losses,” the Supreme People’s Procuracy (SPP) said. The police began investigating the case in 2005 and wrapped it up in 2007 when the indictment was forwarded to the HCMC’s People’s Court for a trial. … [Read more...]

Experts suggest reworking Saturday office-hour policy

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A policy requiring government agencies to open on Saturdays is necessary but needs to be applied more effectively and flexibly, experts say. To curb overcrowding at government agencies on weekdays, government offices have been opened for four extra hours on Saturdays since February last year. … [Read more...]

Sweden pledges $30 million in non-refundable aid

Sweden will provide non-refundable aid of US$30 million from now till 2011 towards improving Vietnam’s anti-corruption, environmental protection and climate change adaptation efforts. The two countries signed an agreement to the effect on Tuesday. The signatories were Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh and director general of Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Anders Nordstrom. The Swedish support will also be extended to partners outside the government, including agencies and organizations in the private sector, the embassy said. … [Read more...]

Whistleblowers need protection, says anti-corruption crusader

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The government should protect whistleblowers to encourage others in the fight against corruption, said Pham Thi Hong Hoa, one of ten citizens honored by the government Wednesday for their stance against corruption. Pham Thi Hong Hoa, one of ten citizens honored by the government Wednesday for their stance against corruption … [Read more...]

Sheltering fishermen an int’l obligation, says navy commander

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Vietnam asks that all its fishermen who enter foreign or disputed waters unintentionally or to seek shelter be treated humanely in reciprocation for what the country has done for its neighbors, the top navy officer said. Vice Admiral Nguyen Van Hien, Commander of the Vietnamese People’s Navy, said China’s brutal mistreatment of Vietnamese fishermen seeking shelter from Typhoon Ketsana in September was in direct opposition to this spirit of cooperation. The sailors said they had been attacked and robbed by Chinese forces when they sought refuge from the storm in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago. … [Read more...]

Economic slowdown saps Vietnam’s labor exports

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Demand in Vietnam's major labor export markets has weakened considerably as a result of the global economic recession, officials told a Hanoi conference Monday. The global economic recession is taking a toll on the country's major labor export markets, including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan … [Read more...]

Top prosecution agency pledges cooperation in Japanese graft case

Vietnamese prosecutors will fully cooperate with their Japanese counterpart in investigating bribery allegations in the East-West Highway project, an official has said. The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday announced a wide-ranging criminal investigation into allegations that Japanese businessmen of the Pacific Consultants International (PCI) firm had bribed a local official working on the East-West Highway, Ho Chi Minh City's biggest infrastructure project. Four Japanese executives have already been brought to court in Japan and the HCMC government last month suspended Huynh Ngoc Si, who was overseeing the highway project, from his position as deputy director of the HCMC Department of Transport. … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City highway project supervisors accused of theft

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Police from the Ministry of Public Security have accused contractors on a Ho Chi Minh City highway project of pocketing billions of dong intended for construction materials and equipment. A four-day investigation of the 62- kilometer HCMC -Trung Luong Highway, which will link the city's Binh Chanh District with Tien Giang Province's Chau Thanh District, found many sections of the work were substandard. Work underway on a bridge on the HCMC-Trung Luong Highway project which was expected to finish in 2007 but many technical problems have delayed the work … [Read more...]

HCMC to get new civil court enforcement agencies

A new form of bailiff agency is expected to be set up next year in Ho Chi Minh City to help clear an enormous backlog of civil court rulings. HCMC, with a population of more than 6.6 million, has nearly 46,000 civil verdicts awaiting action from bailiffs and other civil court enforcement agencies. The new bailiff agencies will be the first of their kind in Vietnam. They will belong to the country's administrative system but they will generate their own income. The agencies are expected to clear the backlog of rulings handed down by the civil courts, said Nguyen Van Luyen, Head of the Justice Ministry's Civil Verdict Enforcement Agency. … [Read more...]

President Triet proclaims three new laws

President Nguyen Minh Triet has officially announced the amended Nationality Law, Civil Verdict Enforcement Law and Special Consumption Tax Law that will come into effect next year. The announcement was made at a press conference held Thursday by the president's office. Under the amended Nationality Law, which will take effect on July 1 next year, foreigners and overseas Vietnamese will be allowed to hold dual citizenship in certain cases. Foreigners eligible for Vietnamese citizenship while retaining their origin nationality would include cases that are ratified by the President, while Vietnamese can have another nationality if allowed by that country. … [Read more...]