Tài liệu SÍP: EU cần phải hành động trước sự biến tướng của hệ thống thị thực vàng

towardstransparency.vn – Gần đây, hãng tin Al Jazeera đã công bố nội dung của “Tài liệu Síp”. Tài liệu này cho thấy Cộng hòa Síp (Cyprus) – một quốc gia thành viên của Liên minh Châu Âu (EU) đã phê duyệt những cuốn “Hộ chiếu Vàng” cho 1.400 cá nhân giàu có cùng 1.100 thành viên gia đình của họ từ năm 2017 – 2019.

“Thị thực vàng” (Ảnh: Essencial Portugal)

Đơn vị điều tra của Al Jazeera cũng phát hiện ra rằng, có ít nhất 60 cá nhân trong số những người nhận được “thị thực vàng” trong giai đoạn 2017 đến 2019 thuộc diện “rủi ro cao” hay có dính líu đến tham nhũng, tội phạm và rửa tiền. Ở Việt Nam, có 2 cá nhân được công bố thuộc danh sách này.

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Săn lùng những kẻ tham nhũng đào tẩu ra nước ngoài – 8 kỳ

Vietnam’s 8-year corruption crusade turns the tide

By Hoang Thuy, Viet Tuan   December 15, 2020 | 07:51 am GMT+7 vnexpressVietnam's 8-year corruption crusade turns the tideVietnamese policemen stand guard outside a courtroom hearing a trial involving former Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, Hanoi, Vietnam, January 9, 2018. Photo by Reuters/Kham.A hands-on, take-no-prisoners approach by top echelons of the Communist Party has been a decisive factor in the success of Vietnam’s eight-year corruption fight.

This was highlighted by senior officials in talks with VnExpress that identified several salient features and factors marking the headway made by the nation’s corruption fight since 2013.

A total of 133 cases and 94 incidents of serious corruption and economic violations were directly handled by Vietnam’s top anti-corruption agency.

After decades of following anti-corruption efforts in Vietnam, Vu Quoc Hung, former standing vice chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Inspection Committee, said that the past eight years, especially the term of the Party’s 12th National Congress, was a period of “turning the tide.”

“That turn is reflected in specific numbers and actions,” Hung said, citing statistics from the Commission for Internal Affairs of the Party Central Committee.

Since 2013, agencies across the country have investigated, prosecuted and tried over 11,700 cases of corruption, abuse of power and economic violations.

In particular, the Central Steering Committee on Anti-corruption monitored over 800 cases and incidents, including directly monitoring and guiding 133 cases and 94 incidents of corruption and economic violations that were serious, complex and garnered a lot of public attention.

Of these, 86 cases were tried with 814 top level defendants, including one member of the party’s Politburo, seven members and former members of the Party Central Committee, four ministers and former ministers, and seven generals in the armed forces.

‘Forbidden’ zones breached

Hung said many of the cases and incidents had long been considered to be in “forbidden, sensitive” zones.

Several had happened years ago or involved top officials, but law-enforcement and judicial agencies have still managed to investigate and bring them to trial, like the cases involving former Politburo member Dinh La Thang, the $420 mln online gambling case in Phu Tho Province involving top cops at the Ministry of Public Security, the AVG acquisition case involving two ministers of Information and Communication, and the land management case involving former colonel Dinh Ngoc He.

Hung said one of the most impressive cases was the one in which state-owned telecom giant MobiFone acquired a 95 percent stake at private pay TV firm AVG. This case was the first time two former ministers and former members of the Central Committee were publicly tried for receiving bribes and a business leader in the private sector was tried for giving bribes. The case also saw a 100 percent recovery rate of lost assets, with over VND8 trillion ($345.91 million) recovered.

‘Milestone’ factor

Dinh Van Minh, head of the Government Inspectorate’s Legal Department, said that an important “milestone” that helped generate the strong changes in recent years was the establishment of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption headed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in February 2013.

Before 2013, Vietnam had a Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption headed by the prime minister. However, Minh said the committee switching to the direct leadership of the party was “the most important factor leading to the recent results.”

“The party is the leading force of the state and society, so the General Secretary and the Politburo directly leading anti-corruption efforts shows a very high political determination and helps facilitate the execution of related tasks,” Minh said.

Hung concurred, recalling that during his time in office before 2006, there was no central steering committee for anti-corruption to monitor and direct throughout the handling of major cases. Each major case had its own steering committee headed by either the head or deputy head of the Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs.

“A limitation of that period was that there were only steering committees for specific cases. In recent years, however, the Anti-corruption Steering Committee operates throughout the conduct of the cases with regular meetings, and are given clearly defined missions and powers. This is a very important factor in turning political determination into practical action, continuously and methodically,” Hung said.

Inspection synergy

Further analyzing the key stages that had helped turn the tide in recent times, Hung pointed to the “synergy” between the inspection, supervision and audit sectors. This led to an important conclusion by the Central Commission for Internal Affairs, which said the Communist Party disciplinary actions need to be implemented first to create conditions for the state and other organizations’ disciplinary action, as well as criminal prosecution.

He recalled General Secretary Trong’s directions in the case of Hau Giang Province’s former vice chairman Trinh Xuan Thanh using a private Lexus car with blue license plates in June 2016. At the time, the case seemed to be a minor violation as it only involved a single provincial official. However, when the Central Inspection Committee stepped in, many large issues were uncovered.

Since the beginning of the 12th National Congress’s term, the Central Inspection Committee has been selecting “hotspots” and outstanding issues that generated public discontent, such as the management of capital, assets and equitization of state-owned enterprises at Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), Vietnam Steel Corporation, Vietnam Expressway Corporation and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV).

“In a series of cases, we could see that the participation of the Central Inspection Committee and Party disciplinary actions paved the way and knocked down the fortress of negativity,” Hung said, adding that these mechanisms created the basis for subsequent actions of other functional forces.

Vo Van Dung, deputy head of the Central Commission for Internal Affairs, said there were five levels of coordination for handling corruption cases that helped resolve difficulties and problems that arose, including assessment of evidence and determination of criminal charges.

“Under the current law, each procedure-conducting agency acts based on its own perception, so without a mechanism for close coordination, the handling of cases would be prolonged. This five-level mechanism helps ensure that related tasks could progress as required,” he said.

At level one, if a procedure-conducting agency encounters difficulties, the sector leader can hold an inter-sectoral meeting and invite other agencies to help resolve them.

If the case is in the investigation phase, the head of the investigating agency can meet with prosecutors, court representatives and leaders of the Central Commission for Internal Affairs to discuss and resolve issues.

In the prosecution phase, such a meeting would be chaired by the prosecutors, and in the trial phase, the court would chair the meeting. If no resolution could be agreed upon, the head of the Central Commission for Internal Affairs would chair the inter-sectoral meeting.

Should there be no agreement still, the case would be moved to level two with the inter-sectoral meeting chaired by the Executive Secretary of the Communist Party’s Secretariat, who also serves as the deputy head of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-corruption.

Level three would involve meetings of the standing members of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-corruption, which include the party chief and state president, who serves as head of the committee, and its deputy heads.

Level four will have the entire steering committee meet to resolve the issues, and if even that proves insufficient, the case will be moved to level five, in which the Politburo and the Secretariat would hold meetings.

“The steering committee does not direct what the charges and specific sentences should be; instead, it sets out requirements on how to ensure progress in the case, ensure that the correct people are charged for their corresponding crimes in accordance with the law, without bias and without injustice,” Dung said.

Institutional strengthening

In addition to achievements in detecting and handling corruption, Minh also stressed that socio-economic management and anti-corruption institutions had been strengthened over the past eight years.

Between 2016 and May 2020, the party’s Central Committee, Politburo and Secretariat issued nearly 80 documents aimed at strengthening the development of the party, the political system and the anti-corruption fight. The National Assembly and its Standing Committee issued 62 laws, one ordinance and 66 resolutions, while the government and prime minister issued 611 decrees, 532 resolutions and 197 decisions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state management in all areas of social life.

“In the coming time, competent authorities need to continue directing the review, amendment and supplementing of political and legal corridors in order to develop a strict prevention mechanism, so that there is no forbidden zone in handling corruption, and corruption prevention is taken to its logical conclusion,” Minh said.Related News:

Vẫn còn tình trạng đối tượng phạm tội tham nhũng tẩu tán tài sản, bỏ trốn

20/10/2020    11:24 GMT+7 vietnamnet

Đấu tranh chống tham nhũng còn không ít khó khăn, hạn chế; vẫn còn tình trạng đối tượng phạm tội tham nhũng tẩu tán tài sản, bỏ trốn, gây khó khăn cho công tác điều tra, xử lý.Khai mạc QH: Quyết định một số nhân sự, cho ý kiến nhiều dự án luậtQuốc hội dành một phút mặc niệm Thiếu tướng Nguyễn Văn ManĐiều đặc biệt ở 6 nữ Bí thư Tỉnh ủy nhiệm kỳ 2020 – 2025 vừa trúng cử

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Former minister of industry and trade prosecuted for causing huge loss

16/09/2020    12:00 GMT+7

The Supreme People’s Procuracy on Monday issued an indictment to prosecute former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and his accomplices for their involvement in a violation case related to the land plot at 2-4-6 Hai Ba Trung Street, HCMC.

Former minister of industry and trade prosecuted for causing huge loss
Former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang. — VNA/VNS Photo

Former Director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s Light Industry Department Phan Chi Dung, Former Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Tin, former Director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment Dao Anh Kiet, and six others will also face prosecution.

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The trio of ‘petrol tycoons’ in prison

They are ‘Phat Oil’ in Hai Phong, ‘Son Iron’ in Thanh Hoa, and Trinh Suong in Soc Trang.

15/09/2020    19:32 GMT+7 vietnamnet

‘Phat Oil’ in Hai Phong, ‘Son Iron’ in Thanh Hoa, and Trinh Suong in Soc Trang, well-known characters in their specific worlds, have been arrested for producing and trading counterfeit petrol, smuggling and buying smuggled petrol, and illegal trading of VAT invoices.

The trio of ‘petrol tycoons’ in prison

Ngo Van Phat

* On the evening of September 8, the Hai Phong Police began legal proceedings against Ngo Van Phat, born in 1964 residing in Hai An District in Hai Phong City, and put him into temporary detention.

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Four former officials of Da Nang proposed to be expelled from Party

15/09/2020    09:28 GMT+7 vietnamnet

The Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission on September 14 announced the results of its 48th meeting in Hanoi from September 9 to 11.

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At the 48th meeting of the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission (Photo: VNA)

Chaired by Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the commission Tran Cam Tu, the meeting considered reports from the Standing Board of the Central Military Commission on disciplinary actions against several Party members.

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12 high-ranking officials face criminal sanctions for corruption

15/09/2020    10:40 GMT+7 vietnamnet

On September 14, Government Inspector General Le Minh Khai represented the Government in reporting to the National Assembly Standing Committee on anti-corruption tasks in 2020.

12 người đứng đầu bị xử lý hình sự vì để xảy ra tham nhũng
Government Inspector General Le Minh Khai

According to the Government Inspectorate’s report, some high-ranking officials were suspended from work after investigating their involvement in legal cases, including former Hanoi Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung and former Vice Chairman of HCM City Tran Vinh Tuyen.

12 high-ranking officials faced criminal sanctions for being irresponsible, causing corruption cases.

The authorities also disciplined 56 officials, handled 64 officials for criminal violation of norms and standards and recovered nearly VND23 billion related to the violations.

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Tử hình cựu Giám đốc chi nhánh Ngân hàng Oceanbank

04/09/2020    14:34 GMT+7 vietnamnet

Bị cáo Trần Thị Kim Chi, cựu Giám đốc Ngân hàng Oceanbank – Chi nhánh Hải Phòng bị tòa tuyên án tử hình về tội Tham ô tài sản.

Nữ giám đốc giết người tình trẻ lĩnh 20 năm tù

Nữ giám đốc 9X Hải Phòng lập 7 công ty ‘ma’, bán hóa đơn khống 2.500 tỷ

Nữ giám đốc công ty Hoàng Kim Land bị bắt

Sáng nay (4/9), TAND TP Hải Phòng mở phiên tòa xét xử vụ án Tham ô tài sản xảy ra tại ngân hàng Oceanbank, chi nhánh Hải Phòng.

Đây là vụ án được dư luận đặc biệt quan tâm, bởi nhiều gia đình điêu đứng khi gửi tiền tiết kiệm vào ngân hàng này.

HĐXX đã tuyên tử hình với bị cáo Trần Thị Kim Chi, cựu Giám đốc Ngân hàng Thương mại TNHH MTV Đại Dương (Oceanbank) – Chi nhánh Hải Phòng về tội Tham ô tài sản.

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Ông Nguyễn Đức Chung bị bắt tạm giam

28/08/2020    19:20 GMT+7 vietnamnet

Cơ quan An ninh điều tra Bộ Công an đã ra quyết định khởi tố bị can, lệnh bắt bị can để tạm giam (4 tháng), lệnh khám xét chỗ ở và nơi làm việc đối với ông Nguyễn Đức Chung. 

Những nốt thăng, trầm của ông Nguyễn Đức Chung

Nhật Cường thắng gói thầu số hoá sau khi ông Nguyễn Đức Chung can thiệp

Bộ Chính trị đình chỉ chức Phó Bí thư Thành ủy Hà Nội với ông Nguyễn Đức Chung

Ngày 28/8, Cơ quan An ninh điều tra Bộ Công an đã ra quyết định khởi tố bị can, lệnh bắt bị can để tạm giam 4 tháng, lệnh khám xét chỗ ở và nơi làm việc đối với ông Nguyễn Đức Chung (SN 1967, trú tại phường Trung Liệt, quận Đống Đa, TP Hà Nội, Chủ tịch UBND TP Hà Nội) về hành vi chiếm đoạt tài liệu bí mật Nhà nước.

Khám xét nhà riêng và nơi làm việc của ông Nguyễn Đức Chung
Lực lượng chức năng khám nhà riêng của ông Nguyễn Đức Chung ở quận Đống Đa. Ảnh: Kiên Trung

Sau khi Viện kiểm sát nhân dân Tối cao phê chuẩn các Quyết định và Lệnh nêu trên, Cơ quan An ninh điều tra Bộ Công an đã thi hành các Quyết định và Lệnh theo đúng quy định của pháp luật.

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Director of Hà Nội drainage company detained for State asset mismanagement

Update: August, 21/2020 – 11:19| vietnamnewsGeneral director of Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Company Võ Tiến Hùng. — Photo plo.vn

HÀ NỘI — The general director of Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Company has been detained by the Ministry of Public Security over a number of management violations.

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Former Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong prosecuted

Former Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong has been prosecuted and arrested for investigation of the acts of violating regulations on the use of state property, causing loss and waste according to Article 219, Penal Code 2015.

Former Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong prosecuted
Former Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong 

According to VietNamNet’s source, the Investigation Police Agency under the Ministry of Public Security has prosecuted Mr. Nguyen Hong Truong, former Deputy Minister of Transport, for breaching the regulations on the use of state assets, causing waste and losses. The investigation agency has also applied procedural measures against 3 other defendants, including former Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang.

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Vài tin chống tham nhũng

Nhiều tướng quân đội bị kỷ luật

VNExpress

Hai thiếu tướng quân đội bị Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương cảnh cáo và khiển trách; một trung tướng bị đề nghị kỷ luật.

Chiều 20/7, Ủy ban Kiểm tra Trung ương thông báo đã quyết định cảnh cáo Thiếu tướng Nguyễn Hoàng (nguyên Phó Bí thư Đảng ủy, nguyên Tư lệnh Quân đoàn 4) và Đại tá Nguyễn Trọng Lương (nguyên Ủy viên Ban chấp hành Đảng bộ Bộ Tham mưu, nguyên Phó bí thư Chi bộ, nguyên Chánh văn phòng Bộ Tư lệnh Quân đoàn 4).

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Nâng cao hiệu quả quản lý, sử dụng vốn ODA của ngành giáo dục – đào tạo

THỨ HAI, 23/09/2019 16:15:00 | QUA KẾT QUẢ KIỂM TOÁN
(BKTO) – Năm 2018, qua kiểm toán Chuyên đề Việc quản lý và sử dụng vốn ODA của Bộ Giáo dục và Đào tạo (GD&ĐT) giai đoạn 2015-2017, bên cạnh việc kiến nghị xử lý tài chính, KTNN đã chỉ ra và kiến nghị rà soát, chấn chỉnh nhiều hạn chế, sai sót nhằm nâng cao hiệu quả sử dụng vốn ODA cho các chương trình, dự án của ngành giáo dục.

KTNN kiến nghị các ban quản lý dự án rút kinh nghiệm trong việc thực hiện đấu thầu mua sắm thiết bị giáo dục. Ảnh: B.Ngọc

Thẩm định, phê duyệt dự án kéo dài, giao dự toán chậm

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Ghi chép nhiều kỳ – Sự thật ? Hành trình trần ai !

Kỳ I- Nhà báo ơi, cứu bệnh nhân

Lời tòa soạn: 

Sau gần 5 năm kể từ ngày Tiền Phong đăng bài đầu tiên phản ánh dấu hiệu tham nhũng trong việc đấu thầu thuốc chữa bệnh 2014-2015 do Sở Y tế Đắk Lắk tổ chức, 10 người liên quan vừa bị khởi tố. Từ số này, báo Tiền Phong khởi đăng loạt ghi chép do nhà báo Hoàng Thiên Nga kể lại hành trình 5 năm đấu tranh tìm sự thật. 

I-Nhà báo ơi, cứu bệnh nhân

Từ đầu năm 2015, nhiều bác sĩ đã gửi cho tôi (khi đó là Trưởng Văn phòng đại diện báo Tiền Phong khu vực Tây Nguyên) những tin nhắn khẩn thiết về việc thiếu thuốc chữa bệnh nghiêm trọng trong hệ thống cơ sở y tế công lập trên toàn tỉnh Đắk Lắk. Có người nhắn khẩn thiết “nhà báo ơi, cứu bệnh nhân”…

Một bệnh nhân nghèo suy kiệt chờ chết tại khoa Ung Bướu bệnh viện đa khoa tỉnh Đắk Lắk

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