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Vietnamese government to inspect assets of provincial department head

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 16:00 GMT+7

Vietnam’s government inspectorate is set to clarify the ownership of assets including several villas and land plots said to belong to a government department head in the northern province of Yen Bai.

Speaking with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday evening, Pham Trong Dat, head of the anti-corruption department under the Government Inspectorate, confirmed that a working delegation would come to Yen Bai Province on Tuesday.

The trip is aimed at clarifying the property ownership of Pham Si Quy, director of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, which include a villa complex built on a 1.3 hectare plot of land in Minh Tan Ward, Yen Bai City.

What concerns the public is that the piece of land was previously zoned for forestry and aquaculture.

According to a Tuoi Tre probe, the People’s Committee in Yen Bai City signed six documents on July 20, 2015, allowing Hoang Thi Hue, Quy’s wife, to transfer the land’s purpose into housing.

Several villas, along with gardens and a lake, were later constructed on the site.

Leaders of Yen Bai Province decided to probe the legitimacy of the assets in early June and said they would impose stern penalties if any violation was detected.

The examination was later transferred to the Government Inspectorate to remove potential bias as Quy is the younger brother of Pham Thi Thanh Tra, secretary of the provincial Party Committee.

According to Dat, the Government Inspectorate official, the inspection will confirm whether or not Quy declared his assets in a transparent manner and if the land usage transfer was done in accordance with the law.

Targets of the inspection will also include Quy’s wife and other members of his family.

“The results will be announced to the public,” Dat said.

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