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Company directors indicted for helping foreigners enter Vietnam illegally under cover of experts

Company directors indicted for helping foreigners enter Vietnam illegally under cover of experts

Friday, June 18, 2021, 15:44 GMT+7
Company directors indicted for helping foreigners enter Vietnam illegally under cover of experts
Law enforcement officers serve the arrest warrant on a company director who facilitated the illegal entry of South Koreans into Vietnam, in Da Nang City, June 17, 2021. Photo: D.C. / Tuoi Tre

Police in Da Nang on Thursday indicted four company directors and issued a warrant for a search of their workplaces and places of residence due to their involvement in a case of organizing illegal entry into Vietnam.

The indictment decision and search warrant were imposed on Vo Tan Cuong, director of Kuvarose Company Limited, Tran Thanh Son, director of Stad Advertising Services Co. Ltd., Do Van Hoat, director of An Nhien Informatics Co. Ltd., and Nguyen Trung Thu, director of Tour-Media Co. Ltd.

Motivated by self-interest, these four directors signed endorsement papers to help a number of South Korean citizens make entry into Vietnam under the guise of experts, although their companies had no need to employ foreign workers, according to police.

They were also well aware that those South Koreans were not experts, who are included in Vietnam’s list of priority for entry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Son even attempted to legalize records to conceal his violation when he acknowledged that local authorities were stepping up their measures against the rampant issue.

Police then ordered the arrest of Son and Cuong while banning Hoat and Thu from leaving their residences.

Da Nang authorities have continued calling on companies organizing or abetting the illegal entry of foreigners into Vietnam to admit their wrongdoings before functional forces to receive the leniency of the law.

Vietnam began denying entry to foreign nationals in March 2020 and currently only allows arrivals who are investors, experts, skilled workers, and business managers. 

They are required to present certificates proving their negative test results for COVID-19 within three days before their flights and comply with Vietnam’s coronavirus quarantine regulations upon arrival.

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