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Prime Minister's directive on coercive land seizure implemented

Update: April, 04/2012 - 12:23

HAI PHONG – Decisions made by Hai Phong City's Tien Lang District People's Committee on coercive land seizures in Quang Vinh Commune have been revoked.

The move forms part of the Prime Minister's directive and a municipal Party Standing Committee plan issued yesterday based on steps taken contrary to regulations regarding land allocation and the Land Law.

The demolition of Doan Van Vuon's house was also brought to court, the valuation of the property to be used as basis for the judgement.

Inspections on land use have revealed Vuon encroached on an area of 19.3ha, destroyed protective forests used in aquaculture and leased land without permission from local authorities.

Vuon was also more than VND10 million (US$480) in arrears in paying land use taxes.

The district People's Committee have drawn up plans for Vuon's family to continue using the land, in accordance with the Land Law of 2003, sent to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment approval.

Vuon and seven others were additionally prosecuted for resisting local officers when they attempted to seize his garden in January, during which time six officials were injured.

Four, including Vuon, were detained while two were put under house arrest. Investigations remain ongoing.

To date, 25 organisations and 50 individuals involved in the case have been disciplined.

Chairman of the Tien Lang District People's Committee was removed from his post, with the Deputy Director of the city's Department of Science and Technology Nguyen Van Tung appointed in his stead. -- VNS

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