Gov’t completes Yen Bai probe

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Government inspectors have finished their 15-day scrutiny of suspected land mismanagement and misuse by the director of the Natural Resources and Environment Department in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai Pham Sy Quy.

The mansion owned by Pham Sy Quy, the director of the Natural Resources and Environment Department in Yen Bai Province. (Photo: news.zing.vn)

The mansion owned by Pham Sy Quy, the director of the Natural Resources and Environment Department in Yen Bai Province. (Photo: news.zing.vn)

Official conclusions of the case would be released to public in August, said Pham Trong Dạt, head of the Government Inspectorate’s Anti-corruption Bureau.
Dạt said the conclusions were under compilation and expected to be completed within 20 days, reported Zing online newspaper.
Previously, the Government Inspectorate sent a team on June 27 to the province to conduct the scrutiny after local media had reported about the sumptuous villa of Quy, worth billions of dong, allegedly located in an area of 13,000sq.m of forest land in Minh Tan Ward early June drawing public attention. The villa was registered under the name of Hoang Thi Hue - Quy’s wife.
Dat said Yen Bai Province’s Inspectorate issued on June 8 a decision to inspect construction, land management and land use of the household in Minh Tan Ward.
However, after that, the provincial People’s Committee asked for an examination to be carried out by the Government Inspectorate instead of the local agency to ensure objectivity, fairness and avoid unexpected interference because Quy is the brother of the province’s Party Committee Secretary Pham Thi Thanh Tra.
Dat said the inspection focused on asset declaration and land use in connection with the land on which Quy’s premises were built. The premises include a hillside villa, stilt houses, a pond and a garden covering more than 1.3ha of land.
Under his asset declaration announced early this year, Quy and his wife own a 600sq.m house; a 150sq.m house, worth VND200 million ($8,800); a 1ha land, worth VND500 million ($22,000) in Minh Tan Ward. They also own a 2ha farm, worth about VND1 billion ($44,000) and a Toyota Camry. In Hanoi, they have a 130sq.m apartment in Mandarin Garden, worth VND2.5 billion ($110,000).
The hillside villa, stilt houses, a pond and a garden covering more than 1.3ha of land are not mentioned in his asset declaration.
Responding to questions from local residents and media about the origin of the money to build the villa, Quy said he and his wife borrowed VND20 billion ($880,000) from bank.

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