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Dinh La Thang petitions for verdict to be altered

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Dinh La Thang petitions for verdict to be altered

Dinh La Thang

HCMC - In his final words at the court hearing on May 11, Dinh La Thang, former chairman of Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN), said the verdict against him should be altered to dereliction of duty causing serious consequences, instead of deliberately violating State regulations, news site Dan Tri reports. The former count, if convicted, carries a lighter sentence.

He said during his six-year leadership at PVN, he was always aware of complying with the law and never directed his staff to intentionally violate State regulations. Thang reiterated he worked for the benefit of PVN and the country, so he expected the court to consider leniency toward him in a verdict that ensures both the strictness and humanity of the law.

In January, he was sentenced to 13 years behind the bars for intentionally violating State regulations on economic management causing serious consequences. Thang also received an 18-year sentence for economic mismanagement in another graft case in March.

Meanwhile, former PVN general director Phung Dinh Thuc proposed the court reduce the penalty for his violations alleged to be deliberately violating State regulations causing serious consequences, on the basis of evidence gathered and his declarations at the court. Thuc petitioned that he be exempt from imprisonment as he did not do harm to society but contributed to the country’s development.

He said that although he did not commit the violation as alleged, he has assumed the responsibility and coped with part of consequences. In the Thai Binh 2 thermal power project, he had taken measures to minimize losses, so he expected the court to look into his doings and contributions to the oil and gas sector.

Former  PVN deputy general director Nguyen Quoc Khanh as another defendant said he was  remorseful and would take full responsibility for his wrongdoing. He and his family have managed to handle all consequences of his violations.

Thuc and Khanh had been earlier slapped a nine-year sentence for their violations.

The court will pronounce sentences on such defendants today.

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