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VIPA orders arrest of assistant to Parliament’s speaker

Hanoi, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam's Investigation Police Agency of the Ministry of Public Security issued arrest and house search warrants on Monday against the assistant to National Assembly (Parliament) Speaker, Pham Thai Ha.

The also deputy director of the Vietnamese Legislative Office, who is being prosecuted, is accused of ‘abusing office and power to influence others for personal benefit,’ VNA news agency said when releasing the information.

The decisions result from the expanded investigation into a case of ‘violating bidding regulations that led to serious consequences, and giving and receiving bribes’ that occurred at Thuan An Group, which operates in the areas of investment, construction of technical infrastructure projects, electricity and renewable energy trading and real estate.

To An Xo, who also announced the arrest of the company’s chairman, Nguyen Duy Hung, its general director, Tran Anh Quang, and deputy general director, Nguyen Khac Man.

They also arrested Nguyen Van Thao, director, and Dam Van Cuong, deputy director of the Investment Project Management Board for the construction of transport and agricultural works in the northern province of Bac Giang, and Hoang The Du, head of that province’s Project Management Board.

In February last year, the book ‘Resolutely and persistently fighting corruption and negativity, was launched here, contributing to building an ever purer and stronger Party and State’, written by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong.

The text was then catalogued as a very valuable document, both in theory and in practice, and which can be considered a manual on confronting these phenomena.

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