Police detain seven as probe on Phan Van Anh Vu expands

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018 11:25

Phan Van Anh Vu. — VNA/VNS Photo

Police have put seven people into temporary detention for their alleged involvement in the case of Phan Van Anh Vu, who was charged with “deliberately disclosing state secrets”, “tax evasion”, and “abusing position and power while performing duties.”

According to the Ministry of Public Security’s (MoPS) announcement, the investigation police agency yesterday issued decisions to commence criminal proceedings against and take into custody Phan Huu Tuan, 63, former Deputy Director General of the MoPS’s General Department of Intelligence, and 55-year-old Nguyen Huu Bach, an officer of the MoPS. They are accused of deliberately disclosing state secrets.

Earlier the same day, President Tran Dai Quang signed a decision to strip Tuan of the title “People’s Public Security officer”. Minister of Public Security To Lam also signed a decision to strip Bach of the same title.

The police also launched criminal proceedings against and put into detention Tran Van Minh, 63, former chairman of the People’s Committee of Da Nang City for allegedly violating regulations on the management and use of State asset and breaches in land management.

Also yesterday, criminal proceedings were taken against Van Huu Chien, former chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee, for the same charges as Minh. Sixty-four-year-old Chien, residing in Hai Chau District, was banned from leaving his residence.

Meanwhile, criminal proceedings and house arrest orders were also issued for Nguyen Dieu, 60, former Director of the Da Nang Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Tran Van Toan, 61, former Deputy Director of the Da Nang Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and 43-year-old Le Canh Duong, director of Da Nang Board for Investment Promotion and Support. They were accused of “violating State regulations on land management”.

Earlier, police initiated an investigation against 43-year-old Da Nang citizen Phan Van Anh Vu, nicknamed Vu nhom, for alleged breaches in the purchase and sale of public-owned houses and land in Da Nang and some other provinces and cities.

Police are expanding the probe to clarify the responsibilities of the people involved. — VNS

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