In line with Article 229 of the 2015 Penal Code’s Clause, eight other accomplices of Hoang, who are former Ho Chi Minh City officials, were sentenced to between 30 months and 7 years in prison for “violating regulations on land management.”. Three of them have already been convicted in other cases for “violating regulations on the management and use of State assets, causing losses and wastefulness”, thus their aggregate jail terms adding to from six to 14 years.
Sentence for wayward
Former Minister of Industry and Trade sentenced to 11 years in jail
The Saigon Times
|Vu Huy Hoang has been handed down a jail term of 11 years for violations in a case at Sabeco – PHOTO: LDO|
HCMC – The Hanoi People’s Court has handed down an 11-year prison term to former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang for his violations in a case at the Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Company (Sabeco), in which he was charged with violating regulations on the management and use of State assets, causing losses and wastefulness.
However, he was absent from the court due to health reasons, the local media reported.
Faced with the same charge, former head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Light Industry Department Phan Chi Dung has to stay behind bars for nine years.
In addition, former HCMC vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin got a prison term of 6.5 years. Together with his jail terms in other cases, Tin must serve a prison term of 13.5 years.
Former deputy director of the HCMC Department of Planning and Investment Lam Nguyen Khoi, former director of the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment Dao Anh Kiet and former deputy chief of the secretariat of the HCMC People’s Committee Le Van Thanh received jail terms of 4.5, five and four years, respectively.
Further, former head of the HCMC Department of Planning and Investment’s Infrastructure Development Division Le Quang Minh was handed down a jail term of 3.5 years, while former head of the Urban Division at the HCMC People’s Committee Office Nguyen Thanh Chuong and former deputy head of the Land Management Division at the department Truong Van Ut were each sentenced to three years behind bars.
In addition to the previous jail terms, Kiet must serve a jail term of 11.5 years; Thanh, eight years; Chuong, six years; and Ut, eight years.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Lan Chau, an ex-official of the Land Management Division of the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and Environment, received 30 months of probation.
The eight defendants were charged with infringing regulations on land management.
The judge concluded that the violations of the 10 defendants were extremely serious. They had high levels of professional skills but violated regulations for a long time, causing serious consequences.
A 6,000-square-meter land lot at 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street was handed over to the HCMC government to be handled in line with the law.
The judge also proposed the police investigate violations of former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Nam Hai as Hai had signed documents to the municipal government asking for the extension of land use fee payment deadlines for Sabeco and directing Sabeco to seek new investors for the project at the land lot at 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street.
In 2021, the Government asked State-owned enterprises to divest from companies operating in sectors that were not their main business sectors. However, then-minister Hoang and two other leaders of the Ministry of Industry and Trade directed Sabeco to invest in real estate projects.
Sabeco later used its use right of the land lot at 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street to cooperate with private firms to set up the Sabeco Pearl Investment JSC to carry out the Saigon Me Linh Tower project at the location.
After Sabeco completed procedures for the project, the Ministry of Industry and Trade directed Sabeco to divest from the project. Sabeco illegally transferred the rights to use the land lot to Sabeco Pearl, causing a loss of over VND2.7 trillion for the State.
A Hanoi court Thursday found Hoang guilty of “violating regulations on management and use of state assets, causing loss and waste.”
Hoang, 67, did not show up at the court for the sentencing because of health problems. He was present through the four-day trial.
Phan Chi Dung, former head of the Light Industry Department at the ministry got nine years for the same charges.
The defendants’ violations involved mismanagement of a land plot of 6,000 square meters in downtown HCMC. The plot, estimated to be valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, has become private property after several illegal transfers.
The wrongdoings were unearthed in November 2018 when authorities were investigating former vice chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee, Nguyen Huu Tin.
According to the investigators, Ho Thi Kim Thoa, as former deputy minister, knew in 2016 that the land plot on Hai Ba Trung Street in District 1 was arranged to be assigned to Vietnam’s largest brewery Sabeco, under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, for it to invest and build a six-star hotel and convention center.
While both Thoa and Hoang knew that Sabeco was not allowed to establish a new entity to use the land allotted to it, she got the former minister to permit the establishment of the Sabeco Pearl Company.
Based on Hoang’s approval and Thoa’s direction, Phan Dang Tuat, board chairman and head of the state capital management board at Sabeco, signed a letter to the HCMC People’s Committee, requesting approval for Sabeco Pearl to own the project.
He also asked HCMC authorities to let Sabeco Pearl perform financial obligations and for Sabeco to transfer its land use right to the newly formed joint venture.
Thoa took advantage of the government’s capital divestment policy and under Hoang’s direction, signed two documents for Sabeco to divest its 26 percent stake in Sabeco Pearl and approved a starting auction price of VND13,347 ($0.58) a share. Hoang also directed the divestment procedure and auction price approval to be expedited.
These actions led officials at departments of HCMC People’s Committee to advise the city’s former vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin to approve lease of the prime land to Sabeco Pearl in contravention of regulations, leading to the land becoming a private property.
The Me Linh Square Investment Joint Stock Company, which used to be Sabeco Pearl, a wholly private company, is currently the owner of the plot.
Inspectors concluded that the actions of Hoang, Thoa and their accomplices have cost the exchequer more than VND2.7 trillion ($117.18 million).
Hoang was the industry minister from 2007 to 2016 under Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s cabinet.
Throughout the trial, Hoang only admitted his responsibility as the head of the industry ministry, saying that the main responsibility is this case was that of Thoa and Sabeco as Thoa was the direct manager of the firm when the violations took place.
Thoa is absconding, having fled the country.
The court also handed out sentences for eight others in the case. These are former municipal officials who were also found guilty of violating land management regulations.
Nguyen Huu Tin got 6.5 years; Lam Nguyen Khoi, former director of the Department of Planning and Investment, 4.5 years; Dao Anh Kiet, former director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, five years; and Le Van Thanh, former head of the city’s office, four years.
The violations of the defendants were particularly serious, the court said. They had high professional qualifications and management experience, yet committed illegal acts for a long time, intentionally violating regulations on state property, causing serious consequences, it added.
The court also ruled that the land plot on Hai Ba Trung Street will be transferred to the city administration.
Of four other defendants, officials of agencies under the municipal departments, three were given jail terms of 3-3.5 years each and one received a 30-month probation.
Book “Su bat dau cua nuoc” by Vietnamese poet Tran Le Khanh has been now available in the US book market under the name of “The beginning of water”.
The bilingual Vietnamese – English book is a collection of Khanh’s short poems. (Photo:nongnghiep.vn)
The bilingual Vietnamese – English book is a collection of Khanh’s short poems. It was translated into English by US poet Bruce Weigl, who has strong links with Vietnamese authors, and is considered a bridge between Vietnamese and US literature.
The poems were issued in the US by White Pine, an independent literary publisher that has been publishing quality poetry and prose since 1974.
Khanh, born in 1971 in the northern province of Hoa Binh, currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City. Since 2016, he has published five books, and some of his poems have been adopted for music by composer Quoc Bao.
Before engaging in literature and art, he started the career as a financial analyst certificated by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (US) and the HCM City Economy University.
He focuses on two genres of poetry, free style and luc bat (six-eight-word distich metre, a traditional verse form in Vietnamese poetry).
According to Chairman of the Vietnam Writers’ AssociationNguyen Quang Thieu, he found fresh things and a different spirit in Khanh’s poetry.
Khanh follows minimalism with short sentences,Thieu said, adding his single words are like seeds growing in the souls of readers, small seeds that will turn into a big green tree.
Khanh’s poems are precise, giving clear images and messages with truthful emotion. And there is always a philosophy inside those words, said Thieu.
Khanh breathes a fresh air into Vietnamese literature, and his “su bat dau cua nuoc” fascinates readers in the US a lot. Earlier, most of the Vietnamese poems published in the US were about wars, and they were written by war veterans as a way to heal sorrows caused by conflicts between the two nations./. VNA
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A Hanoi man has been given seven years’ imprisonment for stealing US$40,000 left by a South Korean man in his unlocked car in a basement last year.
The municipal People’s Court on Thursday handed down the sentence to 35-year-old Pham Anh Tuan, a resident of Ba Dinh District, on charge of theft, according to Vietnam’s Penal Code.
Tuan was a contract driver of a company responsible for transporting its employees to and from an office building on Lieu Giai Street in Hanoi, the trial panel said.
At around 11:00 am on November 19, 2020, Tuan drove the company’s car to the B4 basement of the building. When he walked up to the B3 basement, Tuan saw a white Nissan car with one of its rear doors left ajar.
Finding no people around, it occurred to Tuan to steal anything possibly left inside the car.
Tuan then approached the car and saw a black leather briefcase inside. He took the briefcase, opened it and found four stacks of money totaling $40,000, equivalent to VND922 million.
The man later went down to the B4 basement to get his car out of the building and drove it home. He then handed all the money to his wife.
At 2:00 pm on the following day, Tuan turned himself in to local police and confessed his theft.
The man decided to do so as he knew that his criminal act must have been recorded by the security camera system installed in the basement.
Tuan also handed in the entire amount of $40,000 to the police.
At the hearing, the defendant admitted that his crime stemmed from his greed and he begged for leniency from the trial panel.
Meanwhile, Tuan’s wife told the court that she did not know where the money came from.
The aggrieved party at the trial asked the court to give the defendant a mitigation of punishment.
The trial panel judged that Tuan’s crime derived from temporary greed and that he gave himself up to police after committing the crime.
Tuan also actively handed in the entire stolen money to the police, the court said.
After taking all into account, the court handed down such the sentence to the defendant.