HÀ NỘI — The Investigation Police Agency under the Ministry of Public Security has begun criminal proceedings against the case of violating provisions on the management and use of State assets that causes losses and wastefulness, as well as a number of organisations and individuals in Hồ Chí Minh City related to Phan Văn Anh Vũ (alias Vũ Nhôm).
In their announcement made public on September 18, the ministry said those individuals include Nguyễn Hữu Tín, born 1957, former Vice Chairman of the Hồ Chí Minh City’s People Committee; Đào Anh Kiệt, born in 1957, former Director of the city’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Lê Văn Thanh, born in 1962, Deputy Chief of Office at the municipal People’s Committee; and Nguyễn Thành Chương, born in 1974, head of the unit for urban management at the office of the city’s People’s Committee
The four are all residing in Hồ Chí Minh City and now barred from going outside their places of residence while searches will be conducted at their places of residence and work.
On the same day, criminal proceedings were also started for four others who were accused of breach of regulations on land management, as stipulated in Article No.229, the 2015 Penal Code, after the agency expanded probes into wrongdoings in projects related to Vũ in the central city of Đà Nẵng.
Among them, Đào Tấn Bằng, born in 1975, and Nguyễn Viết Vĩnh, born in 1978, were taken into custody by the police. Bang was former Deputy Chief of Office at the Đà Nẵng People’s Committee and now serves as Party Secretary of the city’s Industrial Parks; while Vinh was former head of unit for urban management at the municipal People’s Committee and at now, director of the city’s authority of inland port.
The other two are banned from leaving their places of residence, including Nguyễn Văn Cán and Phan Xuân Ít, former Chief and Deputy Chief of Office at the Đà Nẵng People’s Committee, respectively. They both were born in 1954.
The Supreme People’s Procuracy issued approvals for these procedural decisions in accordance with the provisions of law.
Earlier, Vũ, born in 1975 and residing in Hải Châu District, Đà Nẵng City, was charged with deliberately disclosing state secrets, tax evasion, abusing position and power while performing duties, and violating regulations on management and use of State assets, causing loss and wastefulness.
On July 30, the Hà Nội People’s Court sentenced Vũ to nine years in prison for “deliberately disclosing state secrets” under Article 337 of the 2015 Penal Code.
A number of people have faced charges for their alleged involvement with Vũ. –VNS