City official in Japan graft case suspended from job

The Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee on Nov. 19 suspended the job of the head of a foreign aid-funded road project for his alleged involvements in a graft case involving Tokyo-based Pacific Consultants International (PCI).

The East-West Boulevard is under construction in Ho Chi Minh City

The suspension of Huynh Ngoc Si, director of the Project Management Unit for the East-West Boulevard and Water Environment, is expected to be followed by investigation conclusions bribes given by PCI in this project.

Japanese newspapers had earlier reported that former PCI executives had given bribes to Si. Then Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked Vietnamese investigators to cooperate with Japanese agencies to clarify the case.

Therefore, the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee decided a suspension of Si. The Party Committee assigned the Party personnel department of the city People’s Committee to fortify the workforce at the Project Management Unit for the East-West Boulevard and Water Environment in order to properly ensure work on the project.

Also on Nov. 19, HCM City People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan signed a decision on the suspension of Si.

By Hoai Nam, translated by Van Truong

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