14 ex-officials prosecuted for Đồng Tâm land violations

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Update: July, 05/2017 – 16:00

Hà Nội People’s Committee chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung (centre, white shirt) meet Đồng Tâm Commune residents to resettle land dispute last April. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Mỹ Đức District Police in Hà Nội on Tuesday announced they were prosecuting 14 former officials of the district and of Đồng Tâm Commune.

The officials were allegedly involved in land violations in the commune.

The accused will appear in court this month, facing charges of “abusing power while on duty” and “irresponsibility causing serious consequence.”

The accused include a former commune People’s Committee chairman, People’s Council chairman, commune Party Committee secretary and head of the commune’s Police, as well as head of the district’s Environment Division and officials of the district’s Land Registration Office.

According to the indictment, between 2002 and 2013, the commune officials illegally allocated and granted land to some local households.

The district officials were allegedly irresponsible while verifying the origin of the land and granted land-use certificates unlawfully.

The violations of the officials were detected and investigated following complaints from residents.

Đồng Tâm Commune made headlines in local media for a land scandal in late March and mid-April when 38 civil servants and some police personnel were held hostage by the commune’s residents.

The residents were protesting what they considered was unjustified revoking of 50 acres of land where they’d built homes and lived for many years.

As tensions escalated in March, police opened an investigation against the residents for “disturbing social order.”

Matters came to a head on April 15, when police arrested four people. Local villagers retaliated by surrounding and seizing 38 officials, including police officers. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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