Officials involved in illicit house sale to be punished

Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee standing deputy chairman, Nguyen Thanh Tai, has recently asked relevant agencies to punish their staff who were involved in the illicit purchase of a State-owned house in Tan Binh District by an overseas Vietnamese from the US, Nguyen Ngoc Anh, two years ago.

He asked the city’s Departments of Construction and Justice to examine documents related to the case and put forward measures for deal with it.  

The director of city’s police must consider the case and punishment involving named officials at Tan Binh District’s police management of migration and immigration, he ordered.

He also asked the Housing Management and Trading Company to punish those who were involved in the house purchase by Mr. Anh.

On April 18, 2007, Nguyen Ngoc Anh bought the house on 337/2/6 Le Van Sy, Tan Binh District from the Housing Management and Trading Company, according to papers provided by Ms. L, his first wife.

Decision 03/2003 by the city People’s Committee on selling State-owned houses under Decree 61 stipulates that “the buyer of State-owned houses must have permanent residence in HCM City,” but Mr. Anh allegedly forged the signature of Nguyen Thi Xuan, a policewoman in the district’s Ward 1, in a document certifying him as living permanently in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, the district police said it has no staff named Nguyen Thi Xuan and the stamping in the document was not made by this agency.
In a report to the city’s People’s Committee, Thai Thi Du, chairperson of Tan Binh District, said: “Based on Article 10 of Decision 54 issued by the city’s People’s Committee, the district’s Department of Urban Management proposed the district authorities to grant a certificate of house ownership in October 2007 to the applicant, Ms. Q. [to whom Mr. Anh transferred the house.]”

Long after that, in June 2008, the city’s Housing Management and Trading Company issued an official letter to inform the case to the district authorities and relevant agencies and require that the house not be transferred or sold.

According to documents obtained by SGGP, Mr. Anh went to live in the US in 2005 and returned to Vietnam many times in 2006 and 2007 to apply to buy the house. However, Ward 1 police failed to notice, leading to Mr. Anh being able to buy the house with ease.

Translated by Truc Thinh

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