|Nguyen The Dung (centre) and his accomplices at the trial. — Photo vov.vn
QUANG NINH (VNS) — The Quang Ninh People's Court today handed down a judgement against a ring of diesel oil smugglers that had earned an illegal profit of more than VND168 billion (US$7.4 million).
Nguyen The Dung, 61, former director of the Dong Thap Petroleum Co Ltd, and Truong Huu Co, 51, director of the Eastern Asia Transport Trading Joint-Stock Company, were sentenced to 19 years of imprisonment.
Vi Van Dung, Nguyen Ngoc Thi, Tran Quoc Viet and Nguyen Thanh Nam, as well as Pham Van Bau, Chu Thi My Huong, Dang Viet Anh and Le Thanh Thao Ly were sentenced to 3-16 years of imprisonment. Ly receives a five years' probation.
Pham Hoang Giang and Pham Van Khuong were sentenced to 14-15 months of imprisonment as accessories to the crime. Khuong receives a probation.
Tran Manh Hung and Dinh Van Long received a warning for their lack of responsibility leading to serious consequences.
Dang Thu Ngan evaded capture and is a fugitive.
From the end of 2011 to July 2012, Nguyen The Dung agreed to sell diesel oil from his company to Co, Ngan and Vi Van Dung.
The Dung asked Thi and Viet to draw up fake contracts and customs returns to regularise their illegal sales of more than 7,690 tonnes of diesel oil worth more than VND168 billion (US$7.4 million).
They then sold the oil to Chinese smugglers at the Ta Lung Border Gate in Cao Bang northern province, the Muong Khuong Border Gate in Lao Cai northern province and in Mong Cai City, Quang Ninh northern province.
The Dung asked Huong to accept Chinese currency from the Chinese traders. — VNS