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Quang Nam vice chairman detained over Covid-19 repatriation flights

By Thai Huy

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HCMC – Vice chairman of the Quang Nam Province People’s Committee Tran Van Tan, 43, was detained over allegations that he took bribes in the Covid-19 repatriation flights case.

Ministry of Public Security investigators issued a decision pressing charges against and detaining Tan on December 31, 2022.

The police arrested Tan as part of efforts to expand an investigation into the giving and taking of bribes, bribery brokering, abuse of powers while on duty and fraud at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hanoi City and other provinces.

Tan was accused of wrongdoings involving responsibility in a dozen legal papers that enable businesses and organizations to provide paid quarantine services at local hotels in Quang Nam Province.

Previously, investigators from the Ministry of Public Security requested the officials of Quang Nam Province to supply material for the probe in October 2022.

Tan was elected deputy chairman of the Quang Nam Province People’s Committee in 2018. At the time, he was the country’s youngest provincial deputy chairman at the age of 39, the local media reported.

Since uncovering the Covid-19 repatriation flights scandal in January 2022, the Ministry of Public Security has filed charges against and detained 38 people, with many of them working at the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and Transport, as well as the Immigration Department under the Ministry of Public Security.

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