Trinh Xuan Thanh receives second life sentence

16:48 | 05/02/2018
This morning, the Hanoi People’s Court sentenced eight defendants charged with “asset embezzlement” at PV Power Land.  
trinh xuan thanh receives second life sentence
Trinh Xuan Thanh was identified as the mastermind behind the crime

Name

Position

Appropriated amount

Sentence

Trinh Xuan Thanh

Former chairman of PetroVietnam Construction JSC (PVC)

VND14 billion ($0.62 million)

Life imprisonment and VND50 million ($2,200)

Dinh Manh Thang (Dinh La Thang's brother)

Former chairman of Petro Song Da Trading and Investment JSC

VND5 billion ($2.2 million)

Nine years of imprisonment

Dao Duy Phong

Former chairman of PV Power Land

VND8 billion ($0.35 million)

16 years of imprisonment and VND30 million ($1,320)

Nguyen Ngoc Sinh

Former general director of PV Power Land

VND2 billion ($0.09 million)

13 years of imprisonment and VND20 million ($881)

Dang Sy Hung

Deceased

VND20 billion ($0.88 million)

1

Thai Kieu Huong

Deputy general director of Vietsan Company

1

10 years of imprisonment

Huynh Nguyen Quoc Duy

Freelance broker

1

10 years of imprisonment

Le Hoa Binh

Former chairman of May 1 Construction and Service JSC

1

Eight years of imprisonment, in combination with the previous sentence, altogether life imprisonment

Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa

Former chief of accountant of May 1 Construction and Service JSC

1

Six years of imprisonment, in combination with the previous sentence, altogether life imprisonment

According to the proposals of the court and the conclusions of the procuracy, on March 27, 2010, Trans-Pacific Services JSC, which has five founders and shareholders, signed a deposit contract to sell 24 million shares of the Nam Dan Plaza project at Pham Hung Street to Le Hoa Binh at VND21,000, equivalent to VND52 million ($2,291) per sq.m.

After signing the deposit contract, Le Hoa Binh took over the shares from the four shareholders of Trans-Pacific Services JSC at this price. However, the remaining shareholder, PV Power Land, sold its stake at only VND13,578 apiece, equaling VND34 million ($1,500) per sq.m. The total value of the contract was VND191 billion ($8.4 million), down VND87 billion ($3.83 million) compared to the value of the deposit contract, and causing damages to PV Power Land.

The investigation agency confirmed that Trinh Xuan Thanh, Dinh Manh Thang, Thai Kieu Huong, Dao Duy Phong, Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, Dang Sy Hung, and Huynh Nguyen Quoc Duy in collaboration with Le Hoa Binh and Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa transferred PV Power Land’s shares at a price below the deposit contract.

The procuracy held that the defendants embezzled the difference of VND49 billion (VND2.16 million). Accordingly, Thanh received VND14 billion ($616,740), while Thang took VND5 billion ($220,265), Phong VND8 billion ($352,423), Sinh VND2 billion ($88,106), and Hung VND20 billion ($881,060).

The trial panel said that Thanh has acknowledged his violations and paid back the embezzled money, so his penalty was reduced. Thang gained a large benefit from the violation, but he pleaded guilty and paid back the money, so his penalty was mitigated reduced. The other defendants did the same, too.

The sentence outlined enough evidence to conclude that Thanh was the mastermind behind transferring over 12 million of PV Power Land’s shares from Trans Pacific JSC to Le Hoa Binh at a lower price and misappropriate the difference. Thus, Thanh received VND14 billion ($616,740) in a suitcase that Thang sent to him through his driver.

The sentence once again confirmed not to miss any criminals as the claims of some lawyers. It also reaffirmed that defendants caused damages of VND87 billion ($3.83 million) to the state-owned enterprise.

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