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NA seeks tougher deterrents for crime

Update: October, 27/2014 - 08:36
At the session, National Assembly (NA) deputies sought heavier penalties to deter crimes such as corruption, bribery and harassment of the people by public officials and servants. — photo thanhtra

HA NOI (VNS) — Top lawmakers discussed law dissemination and education activities to prevent crimes during a working session last Saturday and agreed that inspection and supervision of public officials should be enhanced.

At the session, National Assembly (NA) deputies sought heavier penalties to deter crimes such as corruption, bribery and harassment of the people by public officials and servants.

Truong Thi Hue of northern Thai Nguyen province expressed concern over recent cases in which State officials fought each other because of excessive drinking of alcohol or hatred.

"There have been cases where officials involved were not properly punished or mentioned in reports," she said.

Hue urged the NA to craft a law on People's Council supervision to enhance the supervision and inspection of public officials' and servants' work and lifestyle.

She also asked the Government to boost measures to enhance the public officials' and servants' ethics and impose strict punishments on violations.

The deputies also said the number of files of corruption cases archived pending further investigation had increased while court proceedings on cases at various levels remained few. Some serious cases had been prolonged for years and remained unresolved, they added.

Vu Chi Thuc of northern Quang Ninh Province revealed that cases of injustice where the guilty were freed and the innocent punished still happened.

Thuc cited State management loopholes as one of the reasons for recurring crimes and noted that people's awareness and reporting of the commission of crimes remained low.

Thuc asked the NA to issue legal documents that would create conditions for law enforcement teams to solve the problems, enhance work to ensure social security and safety and fix State management loopholes to deter crimes.

Pham Truong Dan of central Quang Nam Province said the campaign against corruption remained weak and fallen below people's expectations.

He also expressed concern over the increase in crimes involving young people which had yet to be thoroughly resolved.

Earlier last Saturday, NA deputies listened to reports from the Supreme People's Procuracy and the Supreme People's Court on the results of activities against crime and law enforcement work.

This year, the number of newly-prosecuted cases reached nearly 78,000, a two-per cent year-on-year increase, and the number of arrested culprits reached more than 121,000, a 2.19-per cent year-on-year decrease.

Investigators nationwide have begun investigations on more than 25,900 cases of social order violations involving 55,900 suspects.

The police have cracked down on more than 4,900 criminal gangs, of which 161 were extremely dangerous.

Crimes involving guns and explosives were reportedly becoming more complicated while human trafficking increased by 10 per cent year-on-year with 220 cases filed so far, and 3,003 corruption cases have so far been filed and prosecuted. — VNS

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