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Former Minister of Industry and Trade sentenced to 11 years in jail
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Former Minister of Industry and Trade sentenced to 11 years in jail

The Saigon Times

Vu Huy Hoang has been handed down a jail term of 11 years for violations in a case at Sabeco - PHOTO: LDO

HCMC - The Hanoi People's Court has handed down an 11-year prison term to former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang for his violations in a case at the Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Company (Sabeco), in which he was charged with violating regulations on the management and use of State assets, causing losses and wastefulness.

However, he was absent from the court due to health reasons, the local media reported.

Faced with the same charge, former head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Light Industry Department Phan Chi Dung has to stay behind bars for nine years.

In addition, former HCMC vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin got a prison term of 6.5 years. Together with his jail terms in other cases, Tin must serve a prison term of 13.5 years.

Former deputy director of the HCMC Department of Planning and Investment Lam Nguyen Khoi, former director of the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment Dao Anh Kiet and former deputy chief of the secretariat of the HCMC People’s Committee Le Van Thanh received jail terms of 4.5, five and four years, respectively.

Further, former head of the HCMC Department of Planning and Investment’s Infrastructure Development Division Le Quang Minh was handed down a jail term of 3.5 years, while former head of the Urban Division at the HCMC People's Committee Office Nguyen Thanh Chuong and former deputy head of the Land Management Division at the department Truong Van Ut were each sentenced to three years behind bars.

In addition to the previous jail terms, Kiet must serve a jail term of 11.5 years; Thanh, eight years; Chuong, six years; and Ut, eight years.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Lan Chau, an ex-official of the Land Management Division of the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, received 30 months of probation.

The eight defendants were charged with infringing regulations on land management.

The judge concluded that the violations of the 10 defendants were extremely serious. They had high levels of professional skills but violated regulations for a long time, causing serious consequences.

A 6,000-square-meter land lot at 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street was handed over to the HCMC government to be handled in line with the law.

The judge also proposed the police investigate violations of former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Nam Hai as Hai had signed documents to the municipal government asking for the extension of land use fee payment deadlines for Sabeco and directing Sabeco to seek new investors for the project at the land lot at 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street.

In 2021, the Government asked State-owned enterprises to divest from companies operating in sectors that were not their main business sectors. However, then-minister Hoang and two other leaders of the Ministry of Industry and Trade directed Sabeco to invest in real estate projects.

Sabeco later used its use right of the land lot at 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street to cooperate with private firms to set up the Sabeco Pearl Investment JSC to carry out the Saigon Me Linh Tower project at the location.

After Sabeco completed procedures for the project, the Ministry of Industry and Trade directed Sabeco to divest from the project. Sabeco illegally transferred the rights to use the land lot to Sabeco Pearl, causing a loss of over VND2.7 trillion for the State.

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