Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the meeting (Photo: VNA)
- Party General Secretary
and State President Nguyen Phu Trong presided over a meeting on March 18 of the
Standing Board of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, to look
into the handling of a number of cases that are under the supervision of the
committee since its 19th session.
The meeting heard that in the opening months of
2021, competent agencies concluded investigations into six cases with 70
defendants, commenced proceedings in five cases with 45 defendants, conducted
first instance trials of four cases with 15 defendants, and heard an appeal in one
case with one defendant. They also expanded investigations into a number of
corruption cases and charged additional defendants.
First-instance trials have been conducted for the cases
of violating regulations on investment in construction works causing serious
consequences at an ethanol plant in the northern province of Phu Tho, and the
abuse of position and power to misappropriate assets at the PetroVietnam
Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP).
The competent agencies also urgently investigated
and prosecuted a number of other key corruption cases that are of special
concern to the public.
The Party Central Committee’s Inspection
Commission set up 22 teams to conduct inspection and supervision of Party
organisations and Party members under the management of the Party Central
Committee to promptly detect and handle arising urgent problems.
The standing board directed Party committees and
organisations at all levels to continue to promote the fight against corruption
with greater political determination and more effective and firm action.
Relevant authorities were asked to strengthen
coordination, remove difficulties, and step up investigations, prosecutions,
and trials of cases that are under the direction and management of the Steering
Committee, towards wrapping up investigations in four cases, conducting
proceedings in eight cases and trials of 11 cases in the first instance, and
eight appellate trials, while finishing the verification and handling of 10
cases in line with the plan set by the Steering Committee.
At the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Party General Secretary Trong, who is also head of
the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, praised the effort and
determination of and smooth coordination between relevant agencies in combating
He attributed the positive results to the high
level of solidarity and unity within the Party, among the people, and
especially within the Steering Committee.
The Party leader demanded greater determination to thoroughly
handle cases, noting that asset recovery must be completed better.
He also emphasised the need to continue to
consolidate and further improve the quality of the operations of the Steering
Committee, as well as to build reward and penalty mechanisms and regulations
for agencies and individuals that do well in the task or fall short of