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Dinh La Thang’s sentence likely upheld

HCMC – The prosecution in Hanoi has proposed commuting the sentences of seven of 14 defendants at the appeals hearing of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN) case but upholding the sentence handed down on Dinh La Thang.

Prosecutors rejected the appeal by Thang, former PVN chairman, saying no new details were presented at the hearing.

According to the conclusion of the Hanoi People’s Procuracy, Thang must take full responsibility for wrongdoing in the implementation process of the Thai Binh 2 thermal power plant and was the one that picked PetroVietnam Construction Corporation as engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) contractor though it failed to meet requirements. 

Thang was aware that EPC contract No. 33 did not meet requirements, but still instructed an advance payment of over US$6.6 million and over VND1.3 trillion, allowing Trinh Xuan Thanh, former chairman of PVC, and others to misuse over VND1.1 trillion, causing losses of VND119 billion for the State.

Ninh Van Quynh (former chief accountant at PVN), Truong Quoc Dung (former deputy general director of PVC), Vu Hong Chuong (former head of Thai Binh 2 Project Management Unit) and Tran Van Nguyen (former chief accountant of Thai Binh 2 Project Management Unit) may have their sentences upheld as there is no new information coming up.

Similarly, Luong Van Hoa (former director of Vung Ang-Quang Trach Project Management Board) was not proposed for a commutation of his sentence.

Phung Dinh Thuc (former general director of PVN) and Nguyen Quoc Khanh (former deputy general director of PVN) may have their sentences commuted as proposed by the People’s Procuracy as they did not know of the illegality of contract No. 33 at the time. Khanh also paid over VND5 billion in compensation for what he did.

Prosecutors also proposed reducing the sentences of Vu Duc Thuan (former general director of PVC), Nguyen Anh Minh (former deputy general director of PVC), Bui Manh Hien (former chief of PVC Office), Le Dinh Mau (former deputy head of accounting and auditing at PVN), Nguyen Manh Tien (former deputy general director of PVC) as they acted to partly deal with the consequences.

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