Former CDC Hanoi director sentenced to 10 years in jail hinh anh 1Nguyen Nhat Cam, former director of the Hanoi Centre for Disease Control (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi People’s Court on December 12 sentenced Nguyen Nhat Cam, former director of the Hanoi Centre for Disease Control (CDC Hanoi), to 10 years in prison for “violations on bidding regulations that causes serious consequences”.

Also accused of the same count, Nguyen Vu Ha Thanh, former head of the CDC Hanoi’s Financial-Accounting Office; and Dao The Vinh, Director of Vietnam Scientific and Material Science Company Limited (MST), received a jail term of 6 years and 6 months.

Nguyen Thi Kim Dung, former head of the CDC Hanoi’s Organisation Office; Nguyen Ngoc Nhat, an employee of Vitech Development Co.,Ltd; and Nguyen Tran Duy, former General Director of Nhan Thanh Asset Valuation and Auctioning JSC, were jailed to 6 years.

A prison term of five years was given to Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, former head of the CDC Hanoi’s Professional Plan Office; and Nguyen Thanh Tuyen, an employee of Phuong Dong Medical Equipment Co.,Ltd.

Meanwhile, Le Xuan Tuan, an official of CDC Hanoi; and Hoang Kim Thu, former Chief Accountant of CDC Hanoi, were sentenced to 3 years’ probation.

The jury said that the defendants’ acts were extremely dangerous to the society, affecting the Party and State’s prestige.

The first-instance trial verdict said that taking advantage of the COVID-19 situation, from early February 2020, CDC former director Nguyen Nhat Cam colluded with Nhat, Tuyen and Vinh to raise the prices of medical machineries and equipment in a bidding package from CDC Hanoi before carrying out normal procedures.

He then directed his employees to legalise all normal procedures, enabling MST to win the bid with a price they had agreed upon, resulting in an economic loss of over 5.4 billion VND (233,200 USD).

Procurators said Cam was the mastermind.

The defendants earlier confessed to police that they jacked up the price of the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machines used in testing the new coronavirus by a factor of three./.