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Anti-corruption committee urges tighter controls

Update: December, 29/2015 - 09:23
Party General Secretary and CSCAC Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong shared the committee members' view on the progress of anti-corruption efforts. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

HA NOI (VNS) — The Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption (CSCAC) held its ninth meeting in Ha Noi yesterday, highlighting the need for stronger and more fruitful anti-corruption activities.

Participants at the meeting noted that corruption prevention efforts have made progress and reaped important outcomes in 2015.

Anti-corruption communications have been renovated. A number of the Party and State's related documents were issued, such as the Politburo's directive on enhancing the Party leadership regarding the detection and settlement of corruption cases, the Penal Code, the Criminal Procedure Code and the law on the organisation of criminal investigation agencies.

Coordination among relevant agencies in anti-corruption initiatives has been tightened, bringing a number of serious corruption cases to light, they said.

From December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2015, investigation agencies brought criminal proceedings in 216 corruption cases involving 460 people. The People's procuracies at all levels prosecuted 266 cases with 591 people. In addition, all-level People's courts brought first instance trials in 235 cases with 531 defendants.

Seven of the eight major corruption cases that the CSCAC demanded to have brought to a trial before the 12th National Party Congress, slated for late January 2016, have been dealt with as scheduled. The remaining case will be put on trial in the near future.

Over the last three years, the CSCAC has put 243 complex corruption and economic regulation violation cases under monitoring. Sixty-three of them have been completely solved, while the settlement of the remaining cases is being accelerated.

In his speech, Party General Secretary and CSCAC Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong shared the committee members' view on the progress of anti-corruption efforts.

He asked for the stringent settlement of big and small corruption cases, the consolidation of authorised forces like taxation, customs, inspection and auditing, and the promotion of inspection and investigation activities.

The Politburo's recent issuance of several directions on asset declaration and the detection and solving of corruption incidents was welcomed by the public. However, the problem is how to turn words into action, he stressed.

Anti-corruption efforts must be intensified in a more result-oriented manner after the 12th National Party Congress wraps up, the leader said, adding that corruption is still one of the public's biggest concerns.

Combating and preventing corruption is a long-term and complicated fight for each individual and organisation, the Party chief emphasised. — VNS

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