Sunday, November 17, 2013

Vietnam banker sentenced to death for fraud

Former finance chief and business associate to die by lethal injection for their parts in embezzlement of $25 million.

AJ - 16 Nov 2013 
 The two men were among 11 defendants in the nine-day trial in Ho Chi Minh City [AP]
A Vietnamese former banker and his business associate have been sentenced to death for their part in the embezzlement of $25 million, state media has reported.

The pair were among 11 defendants in the nine-day trial in Ho Chi Minh City, state media reported on Saturday, in a case that has highlighted Vietnam's efforts to show it is stamping out corruption in the face of widespread public anger over the issue.

Vu Quoc Hao, 58, the one-time chief of a finance subsidiary of the state-owned Vietnam Agribank and building firm boss Dang Van Hai, 56, were sentenced to death on Friday, according to state television.

"They were given the sentences for embezzlement of assets, mismanagement, abuse of power and fraud, causing serious consequences to the state," it said.

The other nine defendants were jailed for up to 14 years for violating state economic regulations, the report added.

The group was accused of embezzling more than $25 million of state money between April 2008 and March 2009 by falsifying financial leasing contracts, according to reports on state media.

Vietnam is rated one of the world's most corrupt nations and graft is a top concern for many ordinary people.  The communist government has vowed to clamp down on the issue.

"There will be strict punishment for state cadres and officials who received bribes," warned the deputy prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, at an anti-corruption dialogue held in Hanoi on Tuesday, according to the government's website.

Vietnam resumed executions by lethal injection earlier this year, drawing criticism from the UN's human rights office.



Anonymous said...

If the Vietnamese law is put into use in Cambodia Ah Hun Sen is the first to be sentenced to life in prison since there is no death penalty in Cambodia.

Anonymous said...

Never trust vietcongs!

Anonymous said...

If We really apply in Cambodia, all Cpp gang will get life sentence in jail. In vietnam $25.000 000.00 have death penalty. Imagine, how much money has each famous CPP member been corrupted? After Son Chhay said that the top 20 CPP member has money up to $1000 millions and more.

Anonymous said...

HUN SEN will be injected to die one day from Vietnam

Robert Dodge said...

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