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More senior officials put in hot water as Vietnam intensifies anti-corruption efforts

Updated at Monday, 06 May 2019, 14:00
The Hanoitimes - Vietnam`s corruption crackdown has brought a number of senior officials to justice and many others disciplined.
Dozens of Vietnamese senior officials, including military generals, have been punished for their wrongdoings in selling stakes at state owned enterprises (SOEs) and using of public land. 
 
Former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh. Photo: Thanh Nien
Former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh. Photo: Thanh Nien
The Party Central Committee's Inspection Commission has published the list of senior government officials to be punished at its three-day meeting ended on April 26.

Among them, former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh was proposed to be disciplined for his wrong decisions on privatization and capital divestment at several state-owned enterprises under the management of the Ministry of Transport. 

The list includes Pham Viet Muon, former deputy head of the Government Office, together with four deputy ministers of transport namely Nguyen Hong Truong, Nguyen Van Cong, Nguyen Ngoc Dong, and Nguyen Nhat would face penalties for violations of privatization regulations. 

Admiral Nguyen Van Hien, former deputy minister of National Defense, Commander-in-chief of the Navy Forces, would face sanction for his wrongdoings in the management and using of military land. 

Three other senior armed officials namely Vice Admiral Nguyen Van Tinh, Lieut. General Nguyen Hoang Thuy, Commander-in-chief of Military Zone 9, Rear Admiral Le Van Dao, and Colonel Truong Thanh Nam would be disciplined for the same charges. 

Meanwhile, Nguyen Ba Canh, deputy head of Danang’s Mass Mobilization Commission, was disciplined for violating the Law on Marriage. Canh is a son of Nguyen Ba Thanh, late head of the Central Commission for Internal Affairs.  

The punishment given to senior officials once again corroborates the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s efforts to push back corruption, steered by the CPV’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. 

In the past three years, the corruption crackdown has ensnared scores of high-profile officials, especially in the energy and banking sectors. Last year, a large number of officials and businesspeople were prosecuted for corruption charges, according to VnExpress.

In addition, some top former officials in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang have been investigated for mismanagement of public land.
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