Hanoi, Dec. 20 (DPA / EP) –
The Vietnam Prosecutor's Office has requested Thursday that former Information Minister Nguyen Bac Son be sentenced to death for crimes of bribery and corruption, after he admitted receiving three million dollars in exchange for authorizing the mobile operator MobiFone to acquire 95 percent from the AVG chain.
The Public Prosecutor's Office estimates that this contract, already annulled, meant a loss of $ 284 million for public coffers. They have only returned $ 26,000 to the State, so prosecutors demand exemplary punishment for him “violating the rules of management and use of public investment funds” and “accepting bribes,” according to VN Express.
Son's successor at the head of the Ministry, former 'number two' of the department, also admitted receiving $ 200,000 and is charged with the same crimes, but for him only a 16-year jail sentence has been proposed. In the trial the responsibilities of former directors of the companies involved have also been settled.