Hà Nội leader under investigation, suspended from duties for 90 days

Update: August, 11/2020 - 17:58


Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Chairman of Hà Nội People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung will be suspended from official duties for 90 days, as police's investigation into his role in a number of cases is carried out.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc signed the decision on Tuesday, effective immediately.

The same day, the Communist Party of Việt Nam's Politburo announced to suspend Chung's position as Vice Secretary of Hà Nội's Party Committee.

Major General Tô Ân Xô, spokesperson for Ministry of Public Security, said yesterday Chung was being investigated in connection with accusations of smuggling, accounting violations, money laundering and violations of bidding regulations, involving the privately owned software and technological service company Nhật Cường company and Hà Nội's Department of Planning and Investment.

Nhật Cường's director-general Bùi Quang Huy is currently wanted for questioning by police.

The police is also looking into Chung's role in a case of mismanagement of State assets and theft of State secrets, in which arrest warrants have been issued against an official working at the Hà Nội People’s Committee, Chung’s personal driver and a serving police officer.

Chung was born on August 3, 1967, in Thăng Long Commune, Kinh Môn District of the northern province Hải Dương. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Việt Nam People’s Police Academy and a Doctor of Law degree.

Prior to becoming the leader of the capital city in December 2015, Chung served in many positions in Hà Nội’s public security force.

In 2001, he led the serious crime unit of the Investigation Police Department, Hà Nội. From 2004 to 2007, he was the deputy leader of the Criminal Police Department and then head of the department.

He served as deputy director of Hà Nội’s police in 2011-12 before rising to the top position in September 2012.

In September 2013, Chung was promoted to the rank of major general. — VNS