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Inspectors slams Yên Bái official of ‘dishonest” asset declaration

Update: October, 24/2017 - 09:59
The 1.3ha mansion complex owned by Phạm Sỹ Quý, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, northern mountain Yên Bái Province. Investigation officials accused him of “dishonesty” for failing to declare thousands of square metres of land in his asset declaration. — VNA/VNS Photo Thế Duyệt

HÀ NỘI — Government inspectors yesterday announced inspection results over a mansion complex owned by Yên Bái Province’s environmental director, accusing him of “dishonesty” for failing to declare thousands of square metres of land in his asset declaration.

The results were publicised at Yên Bái People’s Committee yesterday afternoon, four months after images of the luxurious mansion were published. The 1.3ha complex sparked an outcry, with the public demanding investigation into Phạm Sỹ Quý, director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. 

The inspection found that Quý’s wife, Hoàng Thị Huệ, in 2015 submitted five documents to Yên Bái City People’s Committee asking to change the use of more than 1.3 ha in Minh Tân Ward from agricultural purposes to residential.

She later submitted another document to change the use of more than 300 sq m from forestry land into residential in 2016, and received approval.

According to Decision 2821 of Yên Bái People’s Committee on land use planning in 2015, the total amount of farm land permitted to change into residential one in Minh Tân Ward was 1.42 ha. However, the land granted to Quý and Huệ alone was more than 1.3 ha, accounting for more than 93 per cent of what was approved.

Unlicensed construction

The inspection found that the family’s main mansion at blocs 42 and 52 in Minh Tân Ward exceeded the total permitted in the construction licence by 345 sq m.

They also built four constructions without licences, including a wooden ancestral house, a stilt house, a bridge across a lake and a house used as a kitchen.

“Dishonest” asset declaration

Looking into his assets, the inspectors found that Quý didn’t declare thousands of square metres of land and assets in his compulsory annual declaration.

In 2014, Quý failed to report 60,797 sqm of land registered under his wife’s name and a bank loan of VNĐ3.8 billion (US$168,800).

The next year Quý did not include 54,681 sqm, also under Huệ’s name, in his asset declaration, or another bank loan of VNĐ6 billion and VNĐ1.9 billion from his parents.

After being appointed as director of the Yên Bái’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment last year, Quý failed to declare Huệ’s 35,468 sq m of land, a 500 sq m mansion in bloc 51 in Minh Tân Ward or a bank loan of VNĐ9 billion and some gold worth VNĐ2.18 billion borrowed from friends.

Strict punishments

Government inspectors concluded that the Yên Bái City People’s Committee committed wrongdoings in allowing changes of land use purpose in the case.

Leaders of the People’s Committee and the city natural resources and environment division were all held responsible for the violations.

Quý himself declared his assets in a “dishonest manner”, leading to doubts over his family’s properties and causing negative publicity for Government officials, the inspectors said.

The inspectors asked Yên Bái authorities to strictly handle the violations, and report to Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc by December 31. — VNS

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