Property and healthcare scandals are Vietnam’s highest-profile corruption cases in 2022 — H Talk Asia

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security, more than 900 state officials and employees were investigated by the police in 2022 for corruption and abuse of power.

The ministry outlined the number of corruption cases this year at the 78th National Public Security Conference in Hanoi on Monday, state media reported.

Deputy Public Security Minister Lt-Gen Tran Quoc To praised the police, saying they had successfully completed all the tasks assigned by the Communist Party, which launched a crackdown on corrupt members in 2016.

According to the report, police have also handled 5,300 cases of economic mismanagement, investigated more than 33,800 crimes related to social unrest and busted 590 organized crime gangs.

The report failed to mention the numerous allegations on social media that police officers took bribes, beat people and tortured detainees.

The ministry held a press conference on Monday afternoon to provide more information on serious cases such as Viet A, AIC and Van Thinh Phat.

It said 102 people were being investigated in connection with Viet A’s COVID-19 test kit scandal, in which the healthcare company, after bribing officials, won a deal to sell COVID-19 test kits to hospitals at a 45% premium .

In the Advanced International Joint Stock Company (AIC) case, the ministry said eight people, including the company’s former chairman Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, evaded arrest, but prosecutors still plan to take the case to court on Wednesday .

The defendants are accused of flouting regulations to win 16 tenders to supply medical equipment to Dong Nai General Hospital, with a profit of VND150 billion ($6.3 million). Nhan and AIC Deputy Director General Tran Manh Ha were also charged with bribery.

The ministry said 27 people have been arrested in connection with the Van Thinh Phat Holdings Group case. They include the company’s CEO, Truong My Lan, who is accused of illegally issuing tens of millions of dollars worth of bonds to acquire prime properties in Ho Chi Minh City in 2018 and 2019.

Translated by RFA Vietnamese. Written in English by Mike Firn.