The Hanoi People’s Court on April 16 afternoon decided to postpone the trial of Nguyen Duc Kien, former Vice Chairman of the founding council of the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), because one of his alleged eight accomplices was absent due to poor health.

Defendant Tran Xuan Gia, former ACB chairman, is now waiting for an operation after being hospitalised with high blood pressure and an enlarged prostate, a representative of the capital’s Friendship Hospital told the court.

The postponement decision is pursuant to Article 187, Point 1 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The trial opened on the morning of April 16. Kien and his accomplices are charged with four offences – swindling for appropriation of assets, intentional violations of the State’s economic management regulations causing serious consequences, tax evasion and illegal trading.-VNA