HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Court yesterday apologised to Pham Duc Binh of Hoan Kiem District for a wrongful conviction handed down to him 14 years ago.
The apology, witnessed by authorities and local residents, was followed by a statement explaining that Binh had been unjustly convicted.
In March 2000, Binh was sentenced to 30 months in jail for "embezzlement and illegal use of socialist property" after the loss of VND179 million at a State-owned department store he ran. During the trial, Binh maintained his innocence. An appeal in January 2001 found Binh innocent of all charges. — VNS