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Vietnam protests Australia’s censorship related to polymer note case

Saturday, August 09, 2014, 14:02 GMT+7

Vietnam strongly objects to a censorship order issued by Australia’s Victoria State Supreme Court concerning the Australian-style polymer note printing case, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said on Friday.

The censorship issued by Supreme Court in Victoria State on June 19 which lists names of several senior foreign officials, including those from Vietnam, is an act of ill intention, spokesman Binh said. Such an act undermines the personal dignity of Vietnamese officials and Vietnam’s image, he said, adding that it also is detrimental to the relations between Vietnam and Australia. Vietnam’s competent agencies have closely coordinated with the Australian authorities in investigations of the allegations that a number of citizens of Australia and the UK had bribed foreign officials, including those of Vietnam, the spokesman noted. He emphasized that the investigations provided no evidence on the alleged corruptive acts, and pointed out that in 2012, the courts of Australia and the UK released judgments that the allegations are groundless.

Vietnam, therefore, requests that Australia give full and clear explanations on the censorship order and publicize impartial and true information about the case, the spokesman said. The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier on Thursday handed a diplomatic note to the Australian Embassy in Hanoi to oppose the case.

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