Vietnamese admiral loses party positions over land management violations

By Hoang Thuy   June 21, 2019 | 05:40 pm GMT+7
Vietnamese admiral loses party positions over land management violations
Admiral Nguyen Van Hien has been dismissed from party positions. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen.

Admiral Nguyen Van Hien has been dismissed from party positions for wrongdoings related to naval land management.

The main decision-making body of the Communist Party of Vietnam, its Politburo, announced the dismissals Friday at a meeting chaired by Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong.

Admiral Nguyen Van Hien, 65, former Vice Minister of National Defense, was retroactively dismissed as member of the Central Military Commission, the highest party organ on military policy, for the 2005- 2010 term, and member of the Standing Committee of the People’s Navy party unit for the 2005-2010 term.

The Politburo has also asked military units that Hien served in to impose further punishments.

The Central Inspection Committee, the party's top watchdog, found Hien, along with Vice Admiral Nguyen Van Tinh and Rear Admiral Le Van Dao, responsible for several land management violations.

The violations resulted in major financial losses and badly affected the reputation of the Communist Party and the People’s Navy, the committee said. Further details were not revealed.

Tinh had received an official warning on Wednesday while Dao got the same punishment in late May. The Communist Party of Vietnam has four modes of punishment against members: reprimand, warning, demotion and expulsion.

In April, the committee had concluded that the Standing Committee of the People’s Navy's Party unit had committed several serious violations. It had violated the principle of democratic centralism, broken working regulations, and been negligent in leading, managing, inspecting and supervising, resulting in violations on using national defense land, the committee said.

Their violations resulted in major financial losses and badly affected the reputation of the Communist Party and the People’s Navy, it emphasized.

A sweeping corruption crackdown spearheaded by Party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong has snared scores of high-profile officials over the last three years, especially in the energy and banking sectors.

Last year, a large number of officials and businesspeople were prosecuted for corruption.

 
 
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