Ex-mayor of Hanoi prosecuted for abusing position, power hinh anh 1Former Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Former Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung and two company executives have been prosecuted for their wrongdoings in the purchase of water cleaning agent Redoxy 3C for purifying lakes in the city.

The Supreme People’s Procuracy prosecuted Chung, Vo Tien Hung (General Director of the State-owned Hanoi Water Drainage One Member Co. Ltd), and Nguyen Truong Giang (Director of the Arktic Trading Service Co. Ltd) on the charge of “abusing position, power while performing duties”, regulated in Clause 3 of Article 356 in the 2015 Penal Code (revised and supplemented in 2017).

According to the indictment, in 2016, the Hanoi People’s Committee requested relevant units to deal with water pollution in local rivers and lakes by seeking suitable advanced technologies.

Chung, then Chairman of the committee, chose the treatment technology of Germany’s Watch Water company and placed orders on this firm for Redoxy 3C for the work.

He told Hung to buy this agent via Arktic - an intermediary company where Giang acted as the Director - attempting personal profit.

Arktic is wholly invested by Chung’s wife, Nguyen Thi Truc Chi Hoa, and has their son, Nguyen Duc Hanh, represented in the business registration certificate. Hoa asked another person to represent her family in the ownership of 40 percent of this firm’s charter capital, while Giang acted as the owner of the remaining 60 percent. Hoa repeatedly falsified papers to change contributors to this company’s capital.

The procuracy held that the actions by Chung and the others have caused “serious losses”, totaling over 36 billion VND (nearly 1.6 million USD), to the State.

In December 2020, the Hanoi People’s Court found Chung guilty of “appropriating confidential state documents” and decided to sentence him to five years in prison./.