Tran Luu Hai – former member of the Party Central Committee and former deputy head of the standing board of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Party Central Committee’s Secretariat has decided punishments on some officials for violations related to Trinh Xuan Thanh, former Vice Chairman of the Hau Giang provincial People’s Committee.

Accordingly, warning is given to Tran Luu Hai – former member of the Party Central Committee and former deputy head of the standing board of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation Commission, Huynh Minh Chac – former member of the Party Central Committee and former Secretary of the Hau Giang provincial Party Committee for 2010-2015.

Nguyen Duy Thang – member of the Party’s civil affairs committee and Deputy Minister of Home Affairs – will be reprimanded.

The decisions were made after the Secretariat considered reports by the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission during a meeting on December 8 under the chair of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

Tran Luu Hai showed a lack of responsibility when he signed the Organisation Commission’s document on allowing the province to appoint another Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee for 2011-2016, which is against the Politburo’s and Secretariat’s decisions. 

He was also responsible for flaws in signing a document responding to the Hau Giang Party Committee about the addition of Trinh Xuan Thanh as a Committee member in the 2015-2020 tenure.

Meanwhile, Huynh Minh Chac was found to violate the Party and State’s regulations on personnel work and the provincial Party Committee’s working regulations regarding the proposal and reception of Trinh Xuan Thanh from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to take the position of Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and join the provincial Party Committee. 

Nguyen Duy Thang was found to wrongly order and conduct the verification of Trinh Xuan Thanh’s eligibility, and proposed authorized agencies approve of Thanh taking the position of Vice Chairman of the Hau Giang provincial People’s Committee for 2011-2016.

The Party Secretariat said the abovementioned officials’ violations and flaws have caused serious consequences, affected the Party and State’s prestige, and stirred public concern.

Between 2007-2013, Trinh Xuan Thanh served as Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and Director General of PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVC), and later as Secretary of the corporation’ Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Managers. He showed irresponsibility and negligence in the leadership and management of the corporation’s operation, and violated legal regulations on business administration, resulting in many wrongdoings and losses of nearly 3.3 trillion VND (142 million USD). 

As the top official of the corporation, Thanh must bear the main responsibility for the mistakes and wrongdoings, but he was not serious and honest in acknowledging them.  

After being transferred to the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang, while serving as a member of the provincial Party Committee and Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, Thanh used an official plate on his private-owned luxury Lexus car, which was illegal.     

He was responsible for the wrongdoings, law violations and losses at the PVC, leaders of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group assessed that he had not fulfilled his duty and removed him from the position of Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of the Board of Management of the PVC. This meant he was not eligible for any promotion or transfer, but Thanh himself proposed for his transfer and let relevant agencies conduct procedures to appoint him to leading positions at the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Hau Giang province, which showed his dishonesty and irresponsibility.    

Furthermore, he was dishonest and unrepentant during the self-criticism process.

Thanh was expelled from the Party and the Ministry of Public Security issued an arrest warrant domestically and internationally for him.-VNA