PM instructs to stop criminalizing slow business registration case in HCMC

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has instructed the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee chairman to propose authorized agencies to stop criminalizing the case in which a coffee shop owner  was prosecuted for slowly registering for business license in Binh Chanh district, yesterday morning.

The cafe shop locates in front of the police station in Binh Chanh district (Photo: SGGP)

According to the instruction, the authorized agencies must learn from experience and apply disciplinary measures to groups and individuals who have launched criminal charge against the shop's owner Nguyen Van Tan. They must organize a press conference to announce the instruction and their steps to handle the case.

On the same day, the People’s Court in Binh Chanh district decided to return the case file and instructed the Investigation Agency under the district Police Department to conduct further investigation to clarify the case. The decision has been made because of unclear documents and evidences.

Specifically, the district police conducted an investigation but established two statements with content disunion.

The statement on August 13 said that Mr. Tan started business without license. Four days later, the police made another one supplementing other charges accusing the owner of failing to ensure hygiene in processing and preservation areas, present food safety and hygiene certificate and material origin documents, and not conducting periodical health check for the shop's staff.

The district Police Department's head  decided to fine Mr. Tan for administrative violations basing on the two statements.

On April 19, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper published an article reporting that coffee shop owner Nguyen Van Tan faced criminal charge because of slowly registering for business license for five days in Tan Tuc town, Binh Chanh district.  Mr. Tan opened the shop serving coffee, breakfast and office lunch.

By Han Ni, Thuc Han – Translated by Hai Mien

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