Corruption fight must put common interest above all: Top leader hinh anh 1 Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi, (VNA) - Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on May 26 directed that the fight against corruption be enhanced and put the common interest above all else, noting that the fight continues despite unexpected major incidents like the COVID-19 outbreak.

He made the direction while chairing a meeting of permanent members of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption, in which he serves as head.

Participants shared the view that since the Committee’s 17th session on January 15, despite the complex developments COVID-19 created, corruption prevention and control, including the settlement of cases under the Committee’s monitoring, have forged ahead.

The Central Public Security Party Committee, the Central Military Commission’s Standing Board, the Party units at the Supreme People’s Procuracy and the Supreme People’s Court, and the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs have directed relevant agencies to boost coordination to finish the verification of one incident and the investigation of eight cases with 49 persons involved, prosecute four cases with 30 persons involved, complete first-instance trials of six cases with 17 defendants, and hold appeal trials of three cases with 34 defendants.

Civil judgment-executing bodies have recovered nearly 7.6 trillion VND (326.3 million USD). Investigation agencies have seized, frozen accounts, and prevented the transaction of assets worth 773.37 billion VND and 2.23 million USD, along with 34 properties, five automobiles, and many other assets, the meeting heard.

The Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission has also disciplined and proposed competent authorities to deal with one Politburo member, one former member of the Party Central Committee, and two former deputy ministers linked with wrongdoings in cases and incidents under the Central Steering Committee’s monitoring.

Those outcomes have continued to assert the Party and State’s resolve to combat corruption and been highly valued by the public, according to the Committee’s permanent members.

Addressing the meeting, Party and State leader Trong said that despite COVID-19 and a heavy workload, including preparations for all-level Party congresses, the battle against corruption and negative phenomena has not ceased but, on the contrary, indeed forged ahead.

He requested that everyone steer clear of overconfidence, noting that it’s a very short period of time between now and the 13th National Party Congress but much remains to be done.

Calling for stronger efforts in the corruption fight, he said prevention and control must be carried out in a stringent, prompt, but also prudent and persuasive manner that is open to public opinion, ensures solidarity, and puts the common interest above all./.