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Ministry of Information and Communications’ officials detained

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Ngo Quang Huy, deputy chief of Staff of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MOIC), and Nguyen Trong Duong, vice head of the Department of Planning and Finance within the ministry, have been arrested for their suspected involvement in serious procurement misconduct.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the investigative agency has filed charges against Nguyen Trong Duong, former director of the Vietnam Cybersecurity Emergency Response Teams (VNCERT) and current vice head of the Department of Planning and Finance at the MOIC. These charges are related to alleged violations of bidding regulations that have caused significant consequences, as outlined in Clause 3, Article 222 of the Penal Code.

Eight other individuals have also been detained on the same charges, including Ngo Quang Huy, former Vice Director of VNCERT and Deputy Chief of Staff at the MOIC, as well as Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, former Board Chair and General Director of AIC, Do Van Son, Head of Project 2 Management Board at AIC, Nguyen Van The, Head of KT7 Board at AIC, and the management of Khang Phat Company, including Nguyen Vu Cuong (Director) and Mai Phuong Nam (Deputy Director).

Additionally, Dang Xuan Minh, director of BTC Value, and Nguyen Quoc Viet, an appraiser at BTC Value, have been implicated.

Initial investigations have found that during the execution of VNCERT’s 2017 project for the procurement of technical equipment for monitoring and analyzing cybersecurity attacks on certain international connection channels, Nguyen Trong Duong instructed his staff to collaborate with Khang Phat as a consulting company, as well as BTC Value and AIC Company as equipment suppliers. This collusion allegedly violated bidding regulations, resulting in a severe loss to state assets.

It is worth noting that the whereabouts of Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan remain unknown, possibly due to her involvement in previous criminal cases.

The investigative police are expanding their inquiry and taking measures to recover as many assets as possible.

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