Former Binh Duong leaders jailed for land management violation

Tran Van Nam, the former Party Committee Secretary of Binh Duong Province, stands trial in Hanoi on August 30, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Nam Anh

A court in Hanoi handed down prison sentences of seven years each for the former party leader and the former president of the southern province of Binh Duong.

Tran Van Nam, the former secretary of the provincial Party Committee, and Tran Thanh Liem, the former president, were found guilty of “violations in the use and management of public property causing waste and loss”.

Nam, 59, was removed from his post as leader of Binh Duong’s party in July last year and was arrested for land management violations that cost the state 6.59 trillion VND ($281 million).

According to the Central Inspection Committee, Nam had violated the principle of democratic centralism and the guidelines of the Party Committee of Binh Duong Province, in addition to violating the law on the management and use of land, capital and party and state assets.

The committee said Nam was directly responsible for signing the documents transferring 188 hectares of land owned by the Binh Duong Producing and Trading Corporation to private investors.

According to the verdict, during his time as provincial vice president in 2012, Nam signed papers to transfer two plots of land – 43 hectares and 145 hectares – to Binh Duong Producing and Trading Corporation at 2006 prices. , resulting in the loss for the State of more than 760 billion VND.

Later, when he was party leader, he did not intervene to prevent the corporation from handing over the 43-hectare land to a private company.

Nam served as Binh Duong’s party leader from October 2015 to July 2021. He served as provincial vice president in 2010-2014 and president in 2014-2015.

Liem, 60, served as president from 2015 to 2020. He was the one who signed the papers of Binh Duong Producing and Trading, a company run by the party’s provincial unit, to hand over the 145-hectare land to companies private.

Binh Duong, a neighbor of Ho Chi Minh City, is a major industrial hub in the country.