Duong Chi Dung sentenced to death

The Hanoi's People's Court handed down death sentences for former Vinalines chairman, Duong Chi Dung, and former CEO, Mai Van Phuc, at an appeals court this afternoon, May 7. Duong Chi Dung (in white T-shirt) and Mai Van Phuc (in blue T-shirt, first row) at the court In 2012, Dung and Phuc were accused of intentionally violating state regulations and embezzling state assets. They poured millions of USD into buying and repairing the obsolete floating dock No83M, which had been taken out of active service by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. Dung and Phuc opposed the charges and have maintained their claims of innocence. Evidence provided by Russian authorities shows that the owner of the dock cooperated with AP Company and Global Success Company to sell the dock at USD9 million even though it was worth only USD2.3 million. More than USD1.6 million was then transferred to Phu Ha Company, owned by a sister of the former general director of … [Read more...]

Duong Chi Dung appeals death penalty

The former chairman of Vinalines, Duong Chi Dung, has appealed his conviction on charges of intentionally violating state regulations and embezzling state assets. Duong Chi Dung in white shirt The Supreme People's Court of Hanoi is hearing his appeal today, April 22. The appeal is expected to run through the 24th. Nine of the ten defendants have appealed against the court's verdicts, which were announced in December. The Hanoi People's Procuracy previously proposed that Duong Chi Dung and the ex-vice chairman of Vinalines, Mai Van Phuc, be sentenced to death for embezzling state assets and violating regulations. They must also pay VND110 billion (USD5.2 million) each for the damages caused. However, Dung maintained his innocence on embezzlement charges and appealed against the sentence. He also asked for leniency on the charge of violating state regulations. Dung's lawyer admits that over USD1.6 trillion was transferred into Vietnam, but that they still have to … [Read more...]

Vietnam court to reconsider grand graft case at major shipping company

Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of Vinalines, at trial last year The Supreme People's Court will hear an appeal on the corruption case at the state-owned shipping giant Vinalines Tuesday and reconsider the death sentence issued to former Chairman Duong Chi Dung. The trial is expected to last for three days and will be chaired by Head Judge Nguyen Van Son, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported Monday. A total of 16 lawyers will represent the defendants. Tran Dinh Trien, Ngo Ngoc Thuy and Tran Dai Thang of the Hanoi Bar Association will defend for Duong Chi Dung. According to the Hanoi Civil Verdict Enforcement Agency, Duong Chi Dung's family recently returned VND4.7 billion (US$223,238) to the agency to assist them in recovering relevant damages. The family of Mai Van Phuc, Vinalines' former general director, also returned VND3.5 billion to the agency, in the hopes of a more lenient sentence on appeal. Last December, Dung and Phuc were sentenced to death for embezzling VND10 billion. The … [Read more...]

Investigation halted as Vietnam bigwig accused of bribery in major corruption case dies

     A file photo of Deputy Public Security Minister Pham Quy Ngo, who died of liver cancer on February 18. Photo: Hoang Trang An investigation into an information leak in a multimillion dollar graft case at state shipping giant Vinalines will be halted because the suspect, a deputy public security minister, has died, a senior official has said. Judge Truong Viet Toan, deputy head of Hanoi Criminal Court, was speaking to Vietweek in an interview on Wednesday, one day after the Ministry of Public Security's website announced that Senior Lieutenant-General Pham Quy Ngo died of liver cancer that same day at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi. Investigators will soon issue an official decision announcing when the suspension will take effect, Toan said. The judge also said that the suspension is in line with the Penal Code, which stipulates that a criminal investigation will be suspended when the suspect dies. Ngo's death came a few days after Pham Anh … [Read more...]

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40 escape bus inferno unharmed Forty people were able to escape yesterday when their coach travelling from the central province of Ha Tinh to Quang Ninh Province caught fire. At around 2am yesterday, the back of the coach burst into flames due to a malfunction, while the 40 passengers were asleep. The coach was completely burnt within 15 minutes, and the damage was estimated at VND2.5 billion (US$116,000). Information leakage case may be put on hold After the recent death of the deputy minister of Public Security, the Hanoi's People Court is considering a halt to the case in which the deputy was accused of disclosing information to former Vinalines Chairman Duong Chi Dung. Judge Truong Viet Toan, who was presiding over the case of deputy minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo, said that the matter now falls under the purview of the investigative security agency of the Ministry of Public Security. If they find that Ngo had acted alone, the case may be halted. "The case … [Read more...]

Information leakage case may be put on hold

After the recent death of the deputy minister of Public Security, the Hanoi's People Court is considering a halt to the case in which the deputy was accused of disclosing information to former Vinalines Chairman Duong Chi Dung. Lieutenant-general Pham Quy Ngo Judge Truong Viet Toan, who was presiding over the case of deputy minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo, said that the matter now falls under the purview of the investigative security agency of the Ministry of Public Security. If they find that Ngo had acted alone, the case may be halted. "The case will only move forward if other suspects are identified. If the investigation fails to find any other culprits, the entire case may be closed," Toan said. The lawyers of Hanoi Bar Association agreed, one saying, "Since it was only the case and not Pham Quy Ngo being prosecuted, it remains unclear as to whether Ngo was actually involved or not." Duong Chi Dung attempted to flee the country before … [Read more...]

High-level funeral for deputy police minister Pham Quy Ngo

The funeral of the late Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo, who passed away Tuesday, will be conducted with the necessary rituals for high-ranking officials, the Ministry of Public Security said. >> Vice police minister Pham Quy Ngo dies at 60>> Internal affairs body to handle claims against vice police minister>> Prosecutors receive case involving vice police minister >> Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss >> Probe ordered into 'state secret' case involving vice minister The funeral, to be organized by the ministry, will be carried out under relevant regulations in Decree 105 of the Government on organizing funerals for officials and civil servants, said the ministry. The Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Party Committee of the Ministry of Public Security, the ministry, and the family of the deceased issued a death notice on Wednesday, February 19. According to the funeral plan, the … [Read more...]

Vice Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo dies of cancer

Vice Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo (thanhnien.com.vm) Nhan Dan Online - Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo, member of the Party Central Committee and, Vice Minister of Public Security, died of liver cancer at 21.05pm on February 18 at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Web Portal. Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo was born in 1954 in Dong Cuong commune, Dong Hung district, the northern province of Thai Binh. On February 14, 2006, he was appointed as Deputy Head of the General Department of People's Police (GDPP) under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS); and Head of the GDPP in January, 2008. On January 1, 2010, he was appointed as Head of the General Police Department for Crime Prevention and Control under the MPS. On August 12, 2010, the Police official was promoted as Vice Minister of Public Security. At the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo dies of cancer

Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo (thanhnien.com.vm) Nhan Dan Online - Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo, member of the Party Central Committee and, Deputy Minister of Public Security, died of liver cancer at 21.05pm on February 18 at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Web Portal. Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo was born in 1954 in Dong Cuong commune, Dong Hung district, the northern province of Thai Binh. On February 14, 2006, he was appointed as Deputy Head of the General Department of People's Police (GDPP) under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS); and Head of the GDPP in January, 2008. On January 1, 2010, he was appointed as Head of the General Police Department for Crime Prevention and Control under the MPS. On August 12, 2010, the Police official was promoted as Deputy Minister of Public Security. At the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Vice police minister Pham Quy Ngo dies at 60

After two weeks' hospitalization for liver cancer, Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo passed away aged 60 on Tuesday night. >> Internal affairs body to handle claims against vice police minister>> Prosecutors receive case involving vice police minister >> Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss >> Probe ordered into 'state secret' case involving vice minister >> Vice police minister is the mole: shocking court testimony The senior official died at Military Central Hospital 108 in Hanoi at 9:05 pm on February 18, according to a report from the Ministry of Public Security. Ngo had suffered from cancer, and he underwent a liver transplant in Singapore five years ago. However, about a year ago, transplant rejection symptoms appeared and he had to be hospitalized, a source told Tuoi Tre. About a week before he died, Ngo was sent to Japan for treatment but due to his fatal condition, he was taken back to the … [Read more...]

Public security official loses fight against cancer aged 60

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant-General Pham Quy Ngo, lost his battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 60. According to the online PetroTimes, Ngo, who became the deputy minister in 2010, breathed his last breath in the Ha Noi-based Military Hospital 108 at 4pm. Ngo was reported to have devoted his life to public security and was a trailblazer in many important investigation cases. Most recently, he was in charge of investigation into the corruption case involving national shipping company Vinalines, which reportedly created a loss of VND366 billion (US$17.26 million) for the State budget. — VNS … [Read more...]

Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo passes away

VietNamNet Bridge - Deputy Minister of Public Security - Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo lost his fight against cancer on February 18 at the age of 60. Ngo, who became Deputy Minister in 2010 and was a member of the Party Central Committee, breathed his last breath at Hanoi-based Military Hospital 108. Ngo was reported to have devoted his life to public security and was a trailblazer in many important investigation cases. Most recently, he was in charge of investigation into the corruption case involving national shipping company Vinalines, which caused a loss of VND366 billion (US$17.26 million) to the State budget.  Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Deputy Minister of Public Security dies

Deputy Minister of Public Security Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo lost his fight against cancer on February 18 at the age of 60. Ngo, who became Deputy Minister in 2010, breathed his last breath at Hanoi-based Military Hospital 108. Ngo was reported to have devoted his life to public security and was a trailblazer in many important investigation cases. Most recently, he was in charge of investigation into the corruption case involving national shipping company Vinalines, which caused a loss of VND366 billion (US$17.26 million) to the State budget. … [Read more...]

Vietnam senior official, accused of receiving $510,000 in bribes, dies of cancer

Senior Lieutenant General Pham Quy Ngo Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo, accused of receiving US$510,000 in bribes at a recent high-profile corruption trial, died of cancer at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Senior Lieutenant General Ngo, a member of the Communist Party's Central Committee, was undergoing treatment for liver cancer at the 108 Military Hospital in Hanoi, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported. He headed a team that investigated wrongdoings which resulted in losses of billions of dollars to the state exchequer at the state-owned shipping group Vinalines . On January 7,  former Vinalines chairman Duong Chi Dung, who was arrested after fleeing the country and sentenced to death last December for embezzlement, alleged that Tho had tipped him of the arrest in advance in return for two payments totaling US$510,000. Dung made the accusation when deposing at the trial of seven people, including his brother Duong Tu Trong, the dismissed deputy … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – Feb 15

Below are some of the main stories published today, February 15, in the Vietnamese press. Politics -- At a reception held on Friday for new Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Herminio Lopez Diaz, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said Vietnam attaches importance to its friendship and cooperation with Cuba. He called on the ambassador to further boost the development of bilateral cooperation in business, trade and investment. Ambassador Saran pledged to work closely with relevant Vietnamese agencies to further step up the ties between the two countries.Society -- A 60-year-old Russian man suddenly died while on board a flight from Cam Ranh airport in Khanh Hoa Province to Russia on Friday morning. After the death was discovered, the pilot flew the plane back to Cam Ranh for concerned agencies to handle the case. -- The Central Internal Affairs Commission said in a report that it has been assigned by the Secretariat of the Central Committee Communist Party of … [Read more...]

Prosecutors receive case involving vice police minister

The People's Hanoi Court on Friday referred the "disclosing State secrets" case involving Deputy Minister of Public Security Pham Quy Ngo to local prosecutor's office for handling. >> Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss >> Probe ordered into 'state secret' case involving vice minister >> Ex-colonel Duong Tu Trong faces up to 20 years in jail >> Vice police minister is the mole: shocking court testimony Dao Van Cuong, deputy head of the Hanoi People's Procuracy, confirmed the same day that his agency has received the case that will be handled according to Article 263 of the Penal Code. The court made the transfer after it ordered a commencement of legal proceedings into the case on January 8, based on the confession of Duong Chi Dung, ex-chairman of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines), who was sentenced to death last December on charges of "intentionally violating state regulations on economic management, causing serious … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews Jan 11

Below are some of the main stories published today, January 11, in the Vietnamese press. Politics -- Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi on Friday affirmed that China's recent acts concerning the East Sea are illegal and of no value, and seriously violating Vietnam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. The acts include the Chinese authorities' ban of fishing in many areas that fall within Vietnam's sovereignty and sovereign right in the East Sea, and the publication of the first web and print newspaper of the so-called "Sansha City".Society -- An ATM set up by Martitime Bank in Hanoi's Dong Da District was removed by thieves about 10 meters away from its place on Giang Vo Street on Friday morning, police reported. The safe inside the ATM system remained intact. Thieves could have fled when an alarm inside the system was activated and sounded by the removal, police said. -- Hanoi People's Court on Friday said it has … [Read more...]

Not enough proof for bribery confessed by ex-Vinalines boss

After being sentenced to death for corruption, former Vinalines leader Duong Chi Dung confessed in court that he gave a police deputy minister a total of US$1,510,000 in bribes in 2012, but the court deemed there was not enough proof regarding this claim to take legal action. >> Probe requested for ex-Vinalines leader's striking confession >> Ex-colonel Duong Tu Trong faces up to 20 years in jail >> Vice police minister is the mole: shocking court testimony >> Ex-colonel tried for helping former Vinalines boss flee abroad>> Dung mute on mole who tipped him off on arrest >> Two ex-leaders of Vinalines face death penalty Dung made the confession on January 8 when he appeared as a witness in the hearing opened by Hanoi's People's Court for his brother, ex-Colonel Duong Tu Trong, and six others who had helped him flee to avoid being arrested for corruption in May 2012. Trong was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and the six others received sentences … [Read more...]

Top Vietnam cop jailed for helping corrupt official flee arrest

Duong Tu Trong, the former deputy chief of police in the northern port city of Hai Phong after his sentencing on January 8. He was given 18 years in prison for helping the former chairman of Vinalines flee corruption charges in May 2012. PHOTO COURTESY OF VNEXPRESS A Hanoi court sentenced the former vice director of the northern city of Hai Phong's police department to 18 years in prison Wednesday for helping his brother, another senior official, flee corruption charges in 2012. Duong Tu Trong, 52, was convicted by the Hanoi People's Court of masterminding a plan to send Duong Chi Dung, 56, former chairman of the state-owned shipping giant Vinalines, abroad in May 2012. Dung, who was arrested four months after the escape, was given the death sentence for embezzling VND10 billion (US$474,000) in the purchase of an unusable floating deck at a trial last month. Vu Tien Son, 47, also a Hai Phong police officer, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in engineering Dung's … [Read more...]

Court orders probe into tip-off case involving vice minister

The Hanoi People's Court today sentenced Duong Tu Trong, the former deputy director of Hai Phong City police to 18 years in jail for helping his corrupt brother flee abroad. The court also ordered the commencement of legal proceedings into another case involving a deputy police minister. >> Vice police minister is the mole: shocking court testimony >> Ex-colonel tried for helping former Vinalines boss flee abroad>> Dung mute on mole who tipped him off on arrest >> Two ex-leaders of Vinalines face death penalty After two days of hearing, the court this afternoon handed down sentences to Trong and his six accomplices on charges of "organizing other persons to flee abroad illegally." Trong helped Duong Chi Dung (56), former chairman of state-owned shipping company Vinalines, escape justice after Dung was served an arrest warrant in May 2012. Besides Trong, (52) with an 18-year sentence, Vu Tien Son ex-deputy head of the Social Crime Investigation Police … [Read more...]