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Embezzlers jailed for 103 years

Update: September, 26/2013 - 15:53
Eight people were sentenced to a total of 103 years in prison in southern Vinh Long Province's court yesterday for embezzlement involving the making and repair of cultural and historical relics.— Photo danviet

VINH LONG (VNS) – Eight people were sentenced to a total of 103 years in prison in southern Vinh Long Province's court yesterday for embezzlement involving the making and repair of cultural and historical relics.

Among the offenders were Nguyen To Tranh, former director of Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, his two subordinates, Bui Huu Tri and Tran Le Dong, and his son-in-law Phan Dang Khoi. The other five were private enterprise executives who paid bribes to officials to become departmental contractors.

The longest custodial sentence of 30 years was handed down to Bui Huu Tri for embezzling VND239 million (US$11,000) from the State budget and taking more than VND2 billion ($96,000) of bribes from local enterprises.

Phan Dang Khoi was sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment for three offences, including embezzlement, bribery, and making corrupt use of his position.

Nguyen To Tranh was given three years in prison for his irresponsility while the private enterprises executives were sentenced to from five to 17 years.—VNS

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