|Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Chairman of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption. —VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Eight task forces will be established to investigate corruption cases that have received public attention in 20 provinces and cities. The decision was adopted today by the Anti-Corruption Central Steering Committee, chaired by Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng.
The Party General Secretary also issued an order to provide resources for expanding the investigation of corruption at the Việt Nam Petroleum Construction Corporation (PVC), with a focus on the arrest and extradition of Trịnh Xuân Thanh, former head of the State-owned enterprise.
Trọng commended the efforts of various law enforcement agencies in the investigation and prosecution of 11 defendants involved in embezzlement and in "deliberately acting against State regulations in economic mismanagement, causing serious consequences" at PVC.
He urged continued perseverance in the next phase of the cases against Hà Văn Thắm, former chairman of Oceanbank, whose malfeasant practices caused a loss of VNĐ2 trillion (US$88.1 million), and Phạm Công Danh, former chairman of Việt Nam Construction Bank, a central figure of a VNĐ9 trillion ($396 million) loss.
The Party chief also approved the plan for concluding the investigation and trial of 12 other related cases in 2017, including those involving Sacombank, TPBank, BIDV and the State Bank of Việt Nam. — VNS