|Ha Noi People's Court will begin proceedings in a trial next week to decide the guilt of six officials of Viet Nam Railways for abuse of power. — Photo dantri.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi People's Court will begin proceedings next week in the trial of deputy director of the management board and five officials of Viet Nam Railways for abuse of power.
The officials reportedly received millions of dollars from Tokyo-based railway consulting firm, Japan Transportation Consultants Inc. (JTC) in 2009.
The defendants include Trần Quốc Đong, 51, former deputy general director of the corporation and director of the unit, Phạm Hải Bằng, 46, former deputy director of the unit; Phạm Quang Duy, 40, former deputy director of the unit; Nguyễn Nam Thái, 38, head of project No. 3 under the unit; and Trần Văn Lục, 56, former director of the unit; along with Nguyễn Văn Hiếu, 52, former director of the unit.
According to the indictment, on October 31, 2008, the Ministry of Transportation approved the project of the Ha Noi City Urban Railway Construction with Phạm Hải Bằng assigned as head of the project and JTC as the railway consulting firm.
From September 2009 to February 2014, Bằng mentioned to JTC that there were financial difficulties in implementing the project, so JTC provided funds to help tackle those difficulties.
During that time, Bằng and accomplices received VND11 billion (US$500,000) as support fund from JTC.
Competent authorities confirmed that the money was spent on entertaining guests, travels, and overtime apart, from attending weddings and funerals.
The scandal prompted the Japanese government to suspend an ODA funding to Viet Nam in June 2014, but resumed its financial assistance in July.
The trial is expected to begin in two days. — VNS