|Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng urged that corruption cases be handled swiftly as he chaired a meeting of the standing board of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng has requested that serious and complex corruption cases be investigated, prosecuted and brought to trial as soon as possible.
The Party chief made his request while chairing a meeting of the standing board of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, as head of the Committee in Hà Nội on Saturday.
He said six serious and complicated cases involving intentional economic mismanagement, irresponsibility, bribes offered and received, swindling, embezzlement, money-laundering, and power abuse, must be judged in the first instance from now to the end of 2016 and in Q1 2017.
The allegations relate to Agribank Printing, Trade and Service Company; Việt Nam Waterway Construction Corporation; Quế Võ Textile Joint Stock Company and the Bắc Ninh development support fund (now the Bắc Ninh transaction office of the Việt Nam Development Bank); the Vinashin Ocean Shipping Co Ltd (Vinashinlines); the Điện Biên Phủ transaction office of the Việt Nam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank’s HCM City branch); and Ocean Commercial Joint Stock Bank.
Meanwhile, six other court cases must be quickly dealt with by the appeal courts.
The Party chief asked authorised agencies to proactively perform their duties, promote the quality of investigations, and pay more attention to classifying persons involved in corruption in order to strictly handle the leaders. They also have to take effective measures to recover stolen assets.
At the meeting, he also lauded anti-corruption efforts by relevant bodies, especially in the settlement of the case involving Phạm Công Danh, ex-chairman of the Việt Nam Construction Bank, who committed violations of banking rules that caused losses of over VNĐ9 trillion (US$400 million). — VNS