JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Three jailed for organizing illegal stay of Chinese nationals in Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, December 03, 2020, 09:00 GMT+7
Three jailed for organizing illegal stay of Chinese nationals in Ho Chi Minh City
Nguyen Thanh Trung, Nguyen Quang Thang, and Tran Chi Hao stand trial at the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on December 1, 2020. Photo: Tuyet Mai / Tuoi Tre

Three people have been sentenced to 4.5 to seven years in prison for organizing accommodation for Chinese residents to illegally stay in Vietnam.

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Tuesday conducted the trial of Nguyen Thanh Trung, 34, Nguyen Quang Thang, 29, and Tran Chi Hao, 34, who all reside in the southern metropolis.

Thang and Trung were each given a seven year jail term, while Hao was put behind bars for four and a half years for organizing the illegal stay of foreigners in Vietnam.

According to the indictment, an unidentified Chinese man contacted Hao on June 14 and asked him to rent a house in Ho Chi Minh City for a group of four Chinese nationals.

Hao then told his friends – Trung and Thang – to help him.

After finding a suitable house in Tan Tao Ward, Tan Binh District, Thang signed a lease contract with the owner.

The three men were also in charge of translating, buying food, supplies, and laptops, and exchanging money for the Chinese.

They were fully aware that the foreigners had entered Vietnam illicitly, while the COVID-19 epidemic was also serious in the central city of Da Nang at the time.

As the number of illegal Chinese rose from four to 13 in early July, Hao, Thang, and Trung were asked to rent another house in the southern metropolis.

Between July 18 and 29, eight other Chinese joined the group, raising the total number of foreigners staying at the two rented houses to 21.

After the wrongdoing was discovered by police later the same month, the three planned an escape for the illegal Chinese migrants.

However, their escape attempt was busted by law enforcement officers at around 0:30 on July 30.

Several of them were apprehended, while the others managed to run away.

Hao, Thang, and Trung were arrested later that day.

An investigation revealed that Thang, Trung, and Hoa were paid VND11 million (US$47), VND8.5 million ($370), and VND3 million ($130), respectively, for their roles.

The jury asserted that the actions were very serious and threatened to undermine the country’s COVID-19 prevention and control efforts, thus stern punishments had to be imposed.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Tuoi Tre News

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Latest news