Former district chairman faces 30 years in jail over land clam

Tran Kim Long, former chairman of Go Vap District People’s Committee could spend up to 30 years in jail for scandals including offering and receiving bribes, abusing his power to appropriate properties as part of illegal land transfers.

Tran Kim Long, former chairman of Go Vap District People’s Committee could spend up to 30 years in jail for scandals including offering and receiving bribes, abusing his power to appropriate properties as part of illegal land transfers.

Ho Chi Minh City prosecutors proposed sentences June 14 for seven defendants including Long, as punishment for their illegal property transfers as part of the Go Vap Constriction Company. 

According to the proposed sentences, businesswoman Pham Thi Tuyet Lan faces a life sentence, while her accomplice Duong Cong Hiep would serve 15-18 years in jail.

Le Minh Chau may receive 30 years in jail, while Ho Tung Lam faces a 20-22 year sentence.

Sentences for Nguyen Van Tinh and Nguyen Minh Hoang were 15-17 and 5-6 years in prison respectively.

 The court will continue June 15 with defense arguments.

According to the indictments, Pham Thi Tuyet Lan, who traded land since 1995 but did not register for a business license, concluded with Duong Cong Hiep, former deputy head of Urban Management Department of Go Vap District, to illegally buy over 11 hectares of land, not permitted to trade in the State regulations, in Go Vap District’s Ward 12.

Lan then sold the properties to the Go Vap Construction Company to get an illicit profit of over VND16.6 billion (US$874,000) and shared the profits with Hiep and other accomplices, including Tran Kim Long, chairman of Go Vap District People’s Committee, and Le Minh Chau and Ho Tung Lam, former director and deputy director of Go Vap Construction Company.

When the crime was uncovered, Long instructed Chau and Lam to bribe officials about US$31,000 to ignore the case.

Go Vap District Party committee secretary and chairman of the district People’s Council, Nguyen Van Tinh, ignored the case and received a bribe of VND800 million (US$42,000) from Chau and Lam.

Taking advantage of puzzled minds of Long and his accomplices, Nguyen Minh Hoang, who lived in District 1 and did not have a stable job, received US$31,000 with a promise to help them escape the criminal indictment.

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