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Former PVN executives in corruption case lodge appeals

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Former PVN executives in corruption case lodge appeals

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – Over half of the defendants in the corruption case at Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN) and PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC) have filed appeals for leniency.

According to VnExpress, as of February 2 the Hanoi City People’s Court had received appeals from 12 out of the 22 defendants at the trial which wrapped up on January 22.

According to former chairman of PVN Dinh La Thang, the verdict was not considered thoroughly and objectively enough. Assessments of the case’s damages did not have sufficient legal grounds, and hence the role and responsibility of the defendant were not assessed appropriately and fairly and the punishment is too severe.

As stated by Thang, during the investigation and the trial, he acknowledged his responsibility as chairman of PVN, but the jury did not consider the case properly. Therefore, he asked for reconsideration of the offence and punishment according to the nature of the case and his responsibility.

Meanwhile, former chairman of PVC Trinh Xuan Thanh appealed against the verdict of the trial, saying it was unjust since he was not involved in intentional violations and embezzlement as verdicted.

Besides Thanh, Phung Dinh Thuc, former general director of PVN, also appealed against the verdict. Thuc said he did not instruct the wrong signing of contract No. 33 between PVPower and PVC and did not set the commencement of the Thai Binh 2 thermal power project.

Thuc admitted he did not closely supervise the project, but wanted an appropriate sentence.

Most of those who filed appeals asked for reductions of their sentences and compensations.

According to the verdict announced by the Hanoi People’s Court last month, Thang got a 13-year jail term for intentionally violating State regulations, whereas Thanh got 14 years behind bars on the same charge and a life sentence for embezzlement.

 

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