|Nguyen Van Hien, former Deputy Minister of National Defence and former Commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy (Photo: VNA)
Under the decision, Hien is stripped of the status of former Commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy as he had made serious violations and mistakes while performing his role as Commander of the force. Earlier, the Politburo had also imposed Party disciplinary measures on him.
According to the Politburo, during the time serving as Vice Secretary of the Party Committee and Commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy, Hien bore responsibility for serious violations of rules and mistakes of the Standing Board of the Party Committee of the Vietnam People’s Navy in implementing the Board’s resolution on the management and use of defence land under the management of the naval force.
Hien also took the main responsibility for the violations and mistakes of the naval force and personal responsibility for violating legal stipulations on land management and use, and construction regarding ten plots of defence land; violating the principle of centralized democracy and working regulations of the Party Committee of the Vietnam People’s Navy; and slackening leadership, supervision and inspection of the management and use of defence land.
Competent agencies said those violations and mistakes are very serious, causing large property losses to the State and the army, and resulting in a number of officials and Party members in the naval force having been prosecuted and subject to criminal investigation, thus badly affecting the prestige of the Party organisation, the army and Hien himself.
At a meeting of the Politburo on June 21, based on a proposal of the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission dated June 7, the Politburo decided to strip Hien of the following job titles: member of the Party Committee of the Central Military Commission in 2005-2010 tenure, and member of the Party Committee of the Vietnam People’s Army in 2005-2010 tenure (including the titles of Vice Secretary, member of the Standing Board and member of the Party Committee).
The Politburo asked relevant authorities to decide administrative disciplinary measures against Hien corresponding to those of the Party.