Police Propose Suspension for Deputy Minister

Nguyen Viet Tien

Viet Nam’s police have proposed the Communist Party’s Secretariat and the Prime Minister to suspend Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Viet Tien because of his wrongdoings related to the Ministry of Transport’s Project Management Unit 18 (PMU18).

The Ministry of Public Security proposal, dated March 28, 2006, says police investigators have evidence of misconduct by Nguyen Viet Tien, who was promoted to deputy minister in 1998 as the PMU18 general director.

Tien is alleged of being responsible for lending State cars to other agencies, and dereliction of duty that has resulted in the construction of poor-quality roads and bridges.

Also on March 28, the police summoned PMU18 chief accountant Luu Viet Khoa and former consultant Vu Anh Tuan to question problems related to wrongdoings at PMU18 and Deputy Minister Tien.

The same day, the police searched a house in Hue City belonging to Ton Anh Dung, director of Thai Binh Duong Joint Stock Company, who is alleged to have murky links with former PMU18 general director Bui Tien Dung.

Also on March 28, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai ordered leaders of ministries, agencies, local authorities and State-owned corporations to conduct tighter inspections of State-funded projects under their management.

PM Khai entrusted the Government Inspectorate to work with relevant ministries to set up inspection teams to examine the implementation of key projects, mostly irrigation and transport works, which has received funding from the State budget.

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By Kien Quoc, Phan Le – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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