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​​Da Nang’s ex-foreign official disciplined for multiple wrongdoings

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 09:40 GMT+7
​​Da Nang’s ex-foreign official disciplined for multiple wrongdoings

The violations include failing to fulfill duties, acting beyond authority, and breaking the law on land

A former deputy director of the Department of Foreign Affairs in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang has been sanctioned for a number of wrongdoings.

The inspection commission of the municipal Party Committee confirmed on Tuesday that Mai Dang Hieu, ex-deputy director of the city’s foreign department, had been given a warning for his multiple offenses.

Hieu, 45, was also the deputy head of the representative office of the Da Nang Department of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, Japan.

The former official’s violations include improper manners in communication, failure to fulfill duties, acting beyond authority, violating regulations on duties of Party members when working abroad, and breaking the law on land. 

According to previous reports, one of Hieu’s violations arose from the fact that he let his wife, Nguyen Thi Lu Trang, contribute 51 percent of the charter capital in a joint-venture with a Japanese business.

However, Trang never contributed anything.

In addition, Hieu broke the law on land to hand over the use of local land plots to foreign people.

The former official also interfered in the operation of Chef Meat Vietnam, a Japanese-invested company, which is beyond his power.

As a Party member, Hieu used his official passport for wrong purposes and did not submit reports after his overseas business trips as per regulations.

As an official of the city’s foreign affairs agency, Hieu displayed inappropriate manners and did not fulfill his missions, which upset the Japanese Ambassador in Vietnam.

The wrongdoings are serious and have affected the reputation of the Party and Hieu himself, the Da Nang inspection commission stated.

However, the commission agreed that the official had made certain contributions to the city’s foreign department and representative office in Japan.

Hieu began working for the municipal Department of Foreign Affairs in January 2010, and was then appointed deputy head of the Da Nang representative office in Tokyo.

In 2013, the official returned home and was named deputy director of the foreign department for a five-year term.

In November 2016, he was transferred to a division under the city’s Department of Home Affairs.

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