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HCMC – Investigators from the Ministry of Public Security have prosecuted and detained Vo Tien Hung, general director of Hanoi Water Drainage Company, for his alleged violations over regulations in the management and use of State assets.

Major General To An Xo, head of the office of the ministry, told VnExpress on August 20 that the Supreme People’s Procuracy had approved the decisions and warrants against Hung.

Hung was allegedly involved in the monopolistic purchase of the Redoxy-3C water cleaning product to treat pollution at over 100 lakes in Hanoi City.

The arrest of and investigation into Hung is an extension of an investigation, which began in April into State asset mismanagement, causing losses and wastefulness, at the Hanoi City government and other relevant agencies.

This is one of the three cases in which the Ministry of Public Security is determining Hanoi Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung’s alleged involvement. The prime minister temporarily suspended Chung from his post for 90 days on August 11.

In mid-2016, to improve the environment and quality of water in the city’s lakes, Chung invited a firm from Germany to Hanoi City to research and develop a water-cleaning product.

After the Redoxy-3C product was manufactured in July 2016, the Hanoi chairman asked the Hanoi Water Drainage Company to use it to treat pollution at 100 lakes on a trial basis, a monopolistic technology product set to be owned by the city government.

The Hanoi investigators launched a probe into the purchase, management and use of the product in late May last year and discovered that the company bought over 400 tons of Redoxy-3C from the German firm at a price of VND137.6 billion. Some 380 tons were used to treat water pollution.

The local authorities and residents proposed that the city continue using the product to clean up the lakes due to its effectiveness, according to the municipal investigators.

They also concluded that there was nothing unusual in the purchase of Redoxy-3C.

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