Song Hau Farm’s “not permitted fund” case stops

The Can Tho City People’s Procuracy has brought to a close the “not permitted fund” case at Song Hau Farm, no longer prosecutions against former director Tran Ngoc Suong and her involved staff.

On Thursday, representatives of the agency presented to her a decision of no more prosecutions. Ho Thanh Long, chief of the Can Tho City People’s Procuracy, signed the decision on Jan. 17.

(Illustrative photo) Undated file photo shows a farm in Co Do District, Can Tho City (Photo: Can Tho Newspaper)

The decision says she had been guilty of establishing a fund not permitted but she is now exempted from criminal prosecutions under the Penal Code of Vietnam, after the agency has considered historical circumstances when the fund was set up and the extenuating circumstances, together with contributions of herself and her family.

The decision adds that Song Hau Farm was set up in April 1979 as a State-run enterprise. Ms. Suong was appointed director in 2000. Later on, she established a fund not permitted totaling more than VND10 billion. The fund was booked separately, not included in the financial report.

Also on January 19, 2012, her staff members namely former deputy director Truong Hong Nhung, chief accountant Dang The Quoc Hung, treasurer Nguyen Van Son and accountant Hoang Thi Binh received decisions from the Can Tho City People’s Procuracy on discontinuing prosecutions against them.

Ms. Suong told reporters after receiving the decision on her that she would devote the rest of her life to agriculture as a citizen.

“My heart is still for agriculture, farmers and the countryside. I will try my best, and my starting point will be seeds and breeding stock, how to harmonize interests of farmers, processors and companies. Among them, the position of farmers must be put highest.”

By Binh Dai, translated by Tuong Thuy

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