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Another former Vinalines executive arrested for corruption

Another former Vinalines executive arrested for corruption

Another former Vinalines senior executive has been arrested for embezzlement.

Former Vinalines deputy general, Vu Khac Tu is accused of being involved in a $400,000 embezzlement case in subsidiary Quang Ninh Port Company, in the Quang Ninh province, where he was general director from 2011 to 2012.  Vu Khac Tu was detained and will remain in police custody for the next four months.

Dinh Ngoc Uyen, 61-year-old former deputy director of the port company in the north eastern Quang Ninh province was also arrested on 6 June for directing his subordinates to forge documents to appropriate the money. A cashier and a chief accountant were also arrested.

 The suspects have returned most of the money to the police.

Corruption cases have put Vinalines the headline since the middle of 2012 when its former chairman Duong Chi Dung fled the country during an investigation into a $17m graft case. Dung and other executives were accused of taking kickbacks from a Russian company to buy an old used dock which cost the state $10.5m to repair.

Earlier last month, the Supreme People’s Court upheld death sentences handed to Dung and the former general director Mai Van Phuc after convicting them of embezzling VND10bn ($474,000) each in the case. Eight other defendants from the company received up to 22 years in jail.

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