CAN THO CITY — The People's Procuracy of Can Tho City has decided to stop the trial concerning the State-owned Hau River Farm and drop the embezzlement charge against farm director Tran Ngoc Suong and her four associates.
The five defendants include former vice director Truong Hong Nhung, former chief accountant Dang The Quoc Hung, former cashier Nguyen Van Son and former accountant Hoang Thi Binh, who received the decisions signed on January 17 by the head of the People's Procuracy of Can Tho.
Suong was found guilty of "ordering her employees to misuse the off-the-books fund during her tenure as director from 2001 to 2007" by the People's Court of Co Do District in southern Can Tho City in August 2009 and was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay compensation to the amount of VND4.3 billion (US$238,000).
She appealed saying the fund was actually a welfare fund for the collective, used to help members in financial need.
After review, it was decided that Suong should be exempted considering the circumstances at the time, specifically contributions made by her family and herself to the farm.
The Hau River Farm was once viewed as a successful model for agricultural development. Suong herself won the Asia Pacific Impressive Woman Award in 2002 and Viet Nam's Labour Hero award in 1999. — VNS