|Illustrative Photo: A vessel carries goods on Sài Gòn River in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Phàn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — A Long An-based company on Tuesday said it has sued HCM City Waterway Police Department for “illegally seizing its vessels and causing a loss of VNĐ34.4 billion (US$1.5 million)”.
Minh Hằng Co., Ltd said that on August 10, 2016, police officers from the HCM City Waterway Police Department’s Team 3 seized its three mud-carrying vessels for transporting minerals without legal origin.
On August 11, the company submitted legal documents to establish where the mud came from, as well as documents stating that the mud is not a mineral.
Despite this and despite failing to prove that the vessels had violated any law, the police kept the three vessels in their custody for one month, and also slapped a fine on the company, it has alleged.
As the vessels were with the police, Minh Hằng company could not deliver the goods to its partner and had to pay VNĐ33 billion for breaking the contract. It also had to spend money hiring three vessels.
The company is demanding compensation of VNĐ34.4 billion to make up for the loss it incurred when the police seized the three vessels, online newspaper VietNamNet reported. — VNS