Former Vinalines officials arrested

The Investigation Police Agency under the Ministry of Public Security on July 26 initiated legal proceedings against and ordered the arrest of Nguyen Thi Bich Loan, former chief accountant of the of the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines).

Loan was arrested for her alleged charge of intentionally violating State regulations on economic management that causes severe consequences.

The police also notified decisions to initiate legal proceedings against six others charged with the same crime. They include Le Van Duong, registering officer; Tran Hai Son, former General Director of the Vinalines Shipyard Company; Mai Van Khang, member of the Vinalines Project Management Unit; and Le Ngoc Tiem, Le Van Lung and Huynh Ngoc Duc, officers of the Tan Phong Customs Department in Khanh Hoa province.

Among the seven, Mai Van Khang is out on bail while the remainders are put in temporary detention for investigation. They are all charged for violations relating to the purchase of floating dock No83M, causing a serious loss of the State asset.

Relating to the case of public property misappropriation at the Vinalines Shipyard Company, on February 1, 2012, the investigation agency decided to start legal proceedings against and arrest Tran Hai Son; Tran Van Quang, head of the company’s Planning Desk; Tran Ba Hung, official of the Huyndai Vinashin Company; and Pham Ba Giap, director of the Nha Trang-based Nguyen An Company.

On May 17, 2012, the police initiated legal proceedings against and ordered the arrest of Duong Chi Dung, head of the Vietnam Maritime Administration and former chairman of Vinalines. Other executives, Mai Van Phuc, former general director, and Tran Huu Chieu, former deputy general director of Vinalines, were also arrested for investigation.

However, Duong Chi Dung ran away. The Investigation Police Agency, in coordination with Interpol, issued an international warrant for him.

VNA/ VOV online