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Complaint letters testify to extent of corruption

Update: September, 12/2013 - 08:46

At a meeting with Party leaders in the capital yesterday, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang called on the city to play a central role in fighting corruption.— Photo VGP

HA NOI (VNS) — At a meeting with Party leaders in the capital yesterday, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang called on the city to play a central role in fighting corruption.

Quang, who is a member of the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention, is in charge of a delegation supervising and monitoring the investigation and prosecution of corruption in Ha Noi.

According to the Ha Noi Party Committee, the capital has received nearly 5,600 letters of complaints and appeals since January 1, and had prosecuted hundreds for corruption.

At the meeting, Quang applauded Ha Noi's efforts in dealing with corruption in all areas - land, construction, banking, finance and the police. He said that members of the public and the media had provided many tips-offs about corrupt people.

However, he noted that many cases had not been dealt with thoroughly and were still incomplete. Quang said Ha Noi should focus on preventing corruption, which meant increasing transparency in the income levels of officials and focusing on legal and administrative reforms.

In a separate meeting with Hai Phong officials earlier this week also on the same issue, Quang spoke of the need to accurately identify corruption cases and the role of the people and the media. He agreed with a suggestion that many prosecuting offices still lacked the legal framework and staff to define and prosecute offenders.

In its report, the port city noted that the corruption situation had been quite "complicated" and focused largely on land, capital construction and public finance.

Nguyen Ba Thanh, deputy head of the Corruption Prevention Committee, met with party members of the Supreme People's Court in Ha Noi yesterday.

The delegations led by Quang and Thanh are among seven special teams to oversee major corruption investigations until September 30.

The teams were created by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on August 6. Trong is also the head of the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention.

A recent report by the Government Inspectorate of Viet Nam indicated that 36 officials have been charged with corruption during the first eight months of this year. Since January 1, 364 government officers returned gifts worth about VND178 million ($8,600).

Chief Inspector Huynh Phong Tranh said the level of punishment had fallen short of expectations due to difficulties in identifying and prosecuting offenders. — VNS

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