Ex-Housing Group leader loses appeal
HAØ NOÄI The High-Level Peoples 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 Ngas accomplices. VNS