HCMC falls way short of bribes seizure target

By Thu Hang   May 18, 2022 | 11:20 pm PT
HCMC falls way short of bribes seizure target
Huynh Tan Dat (L), former secretary of the HCMC's Supreme People Court, stands trial in HCMC in November, 2021 for taking over VND930 million ($40,200) of bribes to clear records for defendants. Photo by Vnexpress/Xuan Thanh
In the first quarter HCMC only managed to appropriate 16 percent of bribe money of VND8.1 trillion ($350.45 million) corrupt officials were found guilty of taking.

In a report it sent to the Government Inspectorate on Wednesday, the city administration said it had appropriated VND1.3 trillion ($56.2 million).

During the three months the city prosecuted 22 people in 12 bribery cases involving nearly VND6 trillion, it said.

The city People’s Court heard 13 other cases in which 70 defendants and corruption to the tune of VND586 billion were involved.

The report said statements related to corruption cases are "classified," which means the cases require a longer time to be processed.

Besides, the progress of investigations is slow because the crimes had been committed years ago, making it difficult to collect documents and evidence, it added.

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