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Appeal hearing held for former senior lieutenant colonel in Thai Son Corp. case
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Tuesday,  Oct 30, 2018,19:40 (GMT+7)

Appeal hearing held for former senior lieutenant colonel in Thai Son Corp. case

The Saigon Times Daily

Former senior lieutenant Dinh Ngoc He, alias bald Ut stands at the court on October 30 – PHOTO: VNA

HANOI – The Central Military Court today, October 30, opened an appeal hearing for Dinh Ngoc He, alias bald Ut, former senior lieutenant and deputy general director of Thai Son Development and Investment JSC, as well as other defendants charged with violating regulations at Thai Son Corporation under the Defense Ministry, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

At the court today, the 43-year-old Ut, who was given 12 years behind bars for abusing his position and using fake documents to cheat agencies and organizations at a trial in late July, said at the court that the entire first-instance verdict against him was wrongful, thereby demanding a review of the charges.

Phung Danh Tham, 53, former chairman and general director of Thai Son Corporation, who had earlier challenged the verdict handed down against him, has now asked the court for leniency. The ex-colonel earlier received a two-year noncustodial sentence for negligence leading to serious consequences.

Meanwhile, Tran Van Lam, 41, former general director of Thai Son JSC, who was earlier sentenced to five years in jail, has also requested a reduction of his penalty to get probation. Lam said he was merely a “puppet director” without any real authority as everything that happened in the company was run by Ut.

The indictment noted that during the 2011-2016 period, Ut abused his position as the representative of Thai Son Corporation’s stake in Thai Son JSC, as well as his role as chairman and director general of Thai Son JSC, to falsify reports on the operations of Thai Son JSC, making false claims of its functions and tasks to win contracts in key national projects.

Ut also instructed his subordinates to get military and diplomat number plates for the company’s cars, and then used the cars as collateral or leased them, in violation of prevailing regulations. They pocketed more than VND6 billion from these acts.

The military inspectorate stated that the illicit use of cars with military and diplomat number plates violated rules on public cars, triggering a denouncement by the public and tarnishing the reputation of the military.

In 2014, market surveillance officials in the southern province of Binh Duong detected more than 20,000 liters of sub-standard gasoline at a gas station of Thai Son JSC. At that time, Lam followed the instruction of Ut to sign a document sent to the provincial government, claiming that Thai Son was a military company doing business alongside defense duty in order to ask for exemption of fine.

Later, they fabricated contracts on petrol deposit and storage, and other documents to claim that the low-quality gasoline belonged to the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Defense Ministry, not for the purpose of sale. Their act was said to have caused a loss of over VND1.4 billion for the State budget.

The indictment confirmed that even though Ut did not admit to the charges, the military inspectorate had found the documents, and evidence collected during the investigation constituted sufficient grounds for the charges.

Ut was also found to have purchased a false university score record and degree and to have used them in his Party membership application, particularly when applying for a salary raise and promotion.

The appeal hearing lasts until tomorrow, October 31.

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