The Hanoi People’s Court on May 20 resumed a trial of Nguyen Duc Kien, former vice chairman of the founding council of the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), and his eight accomplices.

The trial was postponed on April 16 because one of the eight accomplices, Tran Xuan Gia, former ACB Chairman, was absent due to poor health.

A total of 23 lawyers have registered to defend the accused.

Kien, who was born in 1964 and resides in Quang An ward, Tay Ho district, Hanoi, is 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.

Tran Ngoc Thanh and Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, Director and Chief Accountant of the Hanoi ACB Investment JSC, are prosecuted for swindling to appropriate assets.

Tran Xuan Gia and other defendants, including former ACB Vice Chairmen Le Vu Ky, Trinh Kim Quang and Pham Trung Cang; ACB former General Director Ly Xuan Hai and the bank’s former board member Huynh Quang Tuan, are charged with violating the State’s economic management regulations causing serious consequences.

However, the judging council has decided to suspend the case against Gia because he is suffering a serious illness under Article 187, Clause 1, the Criminal Procedure Code

The court accepted Kien’s proposals on the summon of some individuals and representatives of the State Bank of Vietnam, the Departments of Legal Affairs and Business Registration Management under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Department of Legal Affairs under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the General Department of Taxation and the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Departments of Planning and Investment.

The court also subpoenaed more than 80 people with related rights and obligations, including Huynh Thi Huyen Nhu, former official of the Vietnam Commercial Joint Stock Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank)’s Ho Chi Minh City branch.

The trial will run in two weeks.-VNA