Tien Lang District withdraws decision to acquire land from farmer

On Feb 20, the Tien Lang District People’s Committee issued orders to withdraw all the three previous wrongful decisions concerning acquisition of land from famer Doan Van Vuon.

Vuon had sued Tien Lang District for attempting to reclaim 40 hectares of land allocated to him in 1993 and 1997 but had lost the case. He argued that he should be allowed to use the land for 20 years as stipulated by the 1993 Law on Land, not just 14 years as decided by the district authorities.

Yesterday, Luong Huu Huyen, Vice Chairman of the Tien Lang District People’s Committee told Sai Gon Giai Phong that the court would inspect all details of the case and report to the city by March 2012.

For their wrongdoings in reclaiming the land, Le Van Hien, Chairman of the Tien Lang District People’s Committee and his deputy Nguyen Van Khanh have been suspended.

Similarly, Phan Dang Hoan, Secretary of the Vinh Quang Commune Party Committee, and Le Thanh Liem, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of the communal People’s Committee were also suspended.

Vinh Quang Commune in Hai Phong City has offered to give temporary accommodation to Doan Van Vuon’s family, a local farmer who has been detained for resisting authorities, but Vuon’s wife has yet to accept the offer.

The People’s Committee of Vinh Quang Commune in Tien Lang District had met with Vuon’s wife, Nguyen Thi Thuong, to inform her that the commune would arrange for her and her children to stay in a public house if she wanted.

Thuong thanked the commune for the offer but said she couldn’t accept it because she was concerned about the safety of her family, especially at night.

She also complained that the hut, where her family is temporarily living after her house was destroyed by authorities, was broken into and she had been robbed of some furniture and prayer items.

However Ngo Ngoc Khanh, head administrator of the People’s Committee of Tien Lang District told reporters that he had not been informed about the incident.
Meanwhile, Dang Quang Phuong, Deputy Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court, said that after revoking a verdict issued in 2010 by a district court in Hai Phong City to farmer Doan Van Vuon, the court would examine the legality of a similar verdict issued in 2007 by the Tien Lang District People’s Court to another farmer Le Dinh Thao.

Thao has sued the district People’s Committee for issuing an unlawful decision to reclaim 70 hectares of agricultural land allocated to him in June 1992.

In his complaint, Thao said he was assigned the land for 12 years. On December 31, 2004, district authorities issued a decision to repossess the land as the term was over, but like Vuon, Thao requested them to extend the term to 20 years.

The district rejected Thao’s request and he brought the case to the district court in January 2007.

At a hearing held in March 2007, the district court issued a verdict against Thao. He appealed to the city court and two months later the court rejected his appeal. Thao continued to appeal to the Supreme People’s Procuracy and on August 24, 2007, the head of the Procuracy revoked the city court’s verdict, but the Administration Court of the Supreme People’s Court later revoked the Procuracy’s decision.

On January 31, 2008, the head of the Procuracy protested the Administration Court’s decision, demanding both verdicts issued by the courts in Hai Phong to be cancelled and Thao’s lawsuit to be re-tried.

Three months later, the judge panel of the Supreme People’s Court turned down the appeal and Tien Lang District authorities went on to impose a forced removal on Thao’s land.

Source SGGP - Translated by MT

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