|Trịnh Xuân Thanh, a wanted fugitive, who once served as head of Petrovietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation. Under his fraught management, the company suffered great financial losses in consecutive years. — VNA Photo|
HÀ NỘI — The PM recently issued Decision 477/QĐ-TTg, which annuls previous Decision 48/QĐ-Ttg, issued in 2010, on awarding the PM’s certificate of merit to Trịnh Xuân Thanh, former State official found guilty of several wrongdoings.
The latest decision was signed last week by Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình on behalf of Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
According to the decision, the head of the Government asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to withdraw all certificates of merit and recover incentive bonuses handed out to Trịnh Xuân Thanh (if any). All medals of recognition and incentive bonuses handed out to Petroleum Construction Việt Nam (PVC) would also be recalled, where Thanh served and caused losses of nearly US$150 million.
Rewards in the form of objects are to be sent to the Central Commission for Commendations and bonuses (if any) are to be paid back in full to the commendation fund of the agency which handed out these bonuses to Trịnh Xuân Thanh and PVC.
Earlier this month, the MoIT proposed to the Prime Minister to consider recalling awards and bonuses given to Thanh.
The process of recalling rewards and bonuses is said to be “simple and easily done,” according to a member of the Central Commission for Commendations and Rewards.
On Monday, Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng ordered relevant agencies to expend all necessary resources on expanding the investigation of corruption cases related to PVC, with the focus on the arrest and extradition of its former head, Trịnh Xuân Thanh, who had allegedly escaped overseas. — VNS