Ex-Hous­ing Group leader loses ap­peal

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HAØ NOÄI — The High-Level Peo­ple’s Court in Haø Noiä has main­tained the life sen­tence given to Chaâu Thò Thu Nga, for­mer Na­tional Assem­bly deputy and for­mer chair­woman and gen­eral di­rec­tor of the Land and Hous­ing Con­struc­tion and In­vest­ment JSC (Hous­ing Group), for swin­dling to ap­pro­pri­ate as­sets of the B5 Caàu Dieãn hous­ing project.

At an ap­peal trial in Haø Noäi yes­ter­day, Nga and Hous­ing Group were also or­dered to re­fund more than VNÑ240 bil­lion (US$10.5 mil­lion) to clients. Nga alone has to com­pen­sate more than VNÑ54 bil­lion ($2.3 mil­lion).

The court ruled no agen­cies had as­signed Hous­ing Group and HAIC Com­pany as in­vestors of the project. The ad­justed plan­ning of the project had not been ap­proved and its con­struc­tion had yet been li­censed. Hous­ing Group had not been per­mit­ted to take money in ad­vance from those who wanted to buy apart­ments in the project.

How­ever, Nga still in­structed her eight sub­or­di­nates to pub­li­cise false in­for­ma­tion about the le­gal sit­u­a­tion and progress of the project, make a model of the project and plant poles at the site. The court re­duced pun­ish­ment for some of Nga’s ac­com­plices. — VNS

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