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Former deputy head of Binh Duong Finance Dept. detained over land violations

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Investigators have arrested and formally pressed charges against former deputy director of the Binh Duong Provincial Department of Finance and three others for their alleged involvement in the abnormal transfer of 43 hectares of prime land of the Binh Duong Production and Import-Export Corporation, aka Corporation 3-2, to a private firm.

Lieutenant General To An Xo, chief of the Ministry of Public Security’s office, said on November 24 that the ministry’s Investigative Police Agency issued decisions to detain Ha Van Thuan, former deputy director of the provincial Department of Finance and currently general director of Binh Duong Project Management and Investment Company; Ho Dac Hieu, general director of South East Appraisal and Consulting Corporation; Nguyen Kim Lien, former head of the provincial Corporate Finance Division; and Vu Thi Loi, former official of the provincial Corporate Finance Division and currently an official of the provincial Finance Department.

These accused were arrested on charges of “violations in the use and management of public assets causing waste and losses” as regulated in Article 219 of the 2015 Penal Code.

The Supreme People’s Procuracy has given regulatory approval for the decisions mentioned above.

This is the latest development of the land violation case linked to Tran Van Nam, former secretary of the Binh Duong Province Party Committee, and other officials.

Lieutenant General Xo added that the investigators are expanding the investigation into the case to take back the State assets.

Tran Van Nam; Pham Van Canh, former standing deputy secretary of the Binh Duong Province Party Committee and former chairman of the provincial People’s Council; Tran Thanh Liem, former chairman of the provincial People’s Committee; Nguyen Thanh Truc, vice chairman of the provincial government and others were proposed to be indicted on the charges of selling the 43 hectares of prime land mentioned above at low price.

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