Many high ranking officials faced legal proceedings in 2021
Many of the cases in 2021 involved high ranking officials, both incumbent and retired, and general-level officers, including 10 cadres under the management of the Politburo and Secretariat.
On January 20, 2022, the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption (Steering Committee) held its 21st session under the chairmanship of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Head of the Steering Committee, to review performance results in 2021 and discuss programs for 2022.
Party executive committees and inspection committees at all levels strengthened inspection and supervision, and disciplined 618 party members due to corruption and intentional wrongdoing, an increase of 132 party members compared to 2020.
The Central Inspection Committee focused on inspecting signs of violations by party organizations and members related to cases under the supervision of the Steering Committee. The Central Committee, Politburo and Secretariat disciplined many high-ranking cadres who committed violations related to corruption and wrongdoings, including 32 cases under the management of the Politburo and the Secretariat, an increase of 15 cases over 2020.
Inspectors and auditors recommended to take back VND 81.290 trillion and 811 hectares of land; and proposed administrative handling of 2,286 collectives and 6,132 individuals.
Many large-scale inspection campaigns were carried out, including inspection of the use of the health insurance fund, the procurement of medical equipment and materials, and bidding for medicines; and the observance of laws in the management and use of land at three economic groups and general corporations.
After the inspection, auditors transferred more than 330 cases to investigation agencies which have signs of violations, three times higher than 2020. Information and documents about high-ranking central cadres violating the laws were transferred to the Central Inspection Committee for consideration and handling.
Filing of charges against 10 officials under management of Politburo, Secretariat
The year 2021 saw the filing of charges against 1,011 suspects in 390 cases for embezzlement and power abuse.
As for the cases under the instruction and supervision of the Steering Committee, since the 19th session, 40 suspects in 10 cases have filed charges. Meanwhile, investigations have finished for 15 cases and 150 suspects. As many as 164 defendants in 16 cases have been prosecuted, 179 defendants in 21 cases have been put into first-instance trial, and 74 defendants in 13 cases have been put into appellate trial.
Many large, serious and complicated cases have received charges, while investigations have been expanded to clarify the nature of embezzlement and wrongdoings in many cases. Many suspects in the cases are high ranking officials, both incumbent and retired, and general-level officers, including 10 cadres under the management of the Politburo and Secretariat
The case of giving and receiving bribes related to Phan Van Anh Vu, some cases in the healthcare sector, and cases in Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Khanh Hoa, HCM City and An Giang have been investigated and strictly handled.
Regarding the recovery of assets lost and appropriated in criminal cases, appropriate agencies have taken back, seized and distrained assets, blocked bank accounts, and prevented transactions of assets worth over VND15,000 billion and many other valuable assets.
As for cases under supervision of the Steering Committee, since 2013, over VND31 trillion have been taken back (33.33 percent). Of this, more than VND9 trillion was seized in 2021 alone, an increase of VND7.1 trillion over 2020. Particularly, 2.7 million US dollars and 127,000 Singapore dollars overseas of Phan Sao Nam have also been taken back.
The investigative agency of the Supreme People's Procuracy filed charges against 31 suspects in 26 cases for embezzlement, power abuse and wrongdoings in judicial activities.
There have been positive changes in the detection and handling of corruption cases in localities: in 2021, all 63 cities/provinces filed charges for new corruption cases. Many localities have investigated and handled many serious and complicated corruption cases that attract the attention of the public, including Dong Nai, An Giang, Khanh Hoa, HCM City, Phu Yen, Hanoi and Son La
In the closing speech, Trong emphasized that the anti-corruption fight continues to be promoted, gaining clear achievements, which shows the Party and the State’s strong determination to fight against corruption. The fight was never interrupted because of Covid-19.
The investigation, prosecution and trial continue to be implemented with no restricted zones and no exceptions.
Major cases have been put into trial
1/ Violating regulations on the management and use of State’s assets, causing loss and waste; violating regulations on land management that occurred at the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) and Sabeco, related to the project at No 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street in district 1, HCM City.
2/ Violating regulations on accounting and bidding, causing serious consequences that occurred at NhatCuong and related companies
3/ Bribery case related to Phan Van Anh Vu, aka Vu “nhom”, born in 1975, former real estate mogul, former Chair of Bac Nam 79 Construction JSC.
4/ Violating regulations on investment in construction works at Ethenol Phu Tho and PVC.
5/ Violating regulations on investment in construction works causing serious consequences at Tisco’s expansion project.
6/ Violating regulations on bidding, abusing power at Hanoi Planning and Investment Department.
7/ Violating regulations on investments at Da Nang – Quang Ngai Highway.
8/ Violating regulations on management and use of State assets, causing loss and waste. which occurred at IPC and SADECO and related units.
9/ Violating regulations on management and use of State’s assets, causing loss and waste; misappropriating assets and lacking responsibility, causing serious consequences.
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