Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung and Deputy Prime Minister’s Assistant proposed for being disciplined

Mr. To Anh Dung

Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. To Anh Dung and Mr. Nguyen Quang Linh- Assistant to Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, on September 26, were proposed by the Central Inspection Commission proposed the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s Secretariat to consider disciplinary action due to their involvement in the case of “giving and accepting bribes,” “abusing positions and powers while on official duty” and fraud to appropriate property occurred at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hanoi City and other provinces and cities.

The press release issued on September 26 by the Central Inspection Commission made the above proposal after conducting the 20th session on September 23-26. Specifically, the agency found that To Anh Dung and Nguyen Quang Linh violated the Party’s regulations and the State’s laws on anti-corruption.

Both Dung and Linh were accused of violating regulations on what party members cannot do, falsifying the “right and humane” policy in organizing flights to bring Vietnamese citizens home when the COVID-19 epidemic broke out.

On April 14, Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung was probed and detained for allegedly “taking bribes” to approve permits for companies to conduct flights called “rescue citizens” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. To Anh Dung, 58 years old, has nearly 30 years of working in the diplomatic service, experienced many different positions related to the fields of international integration, bilateral and multilateral diplomacy…

Mr. Dung has been appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2019. Before that, he was the director of the Personnel and Organization Department cum minister assistant.

On September 20, the Director of the International Relations Department, Office of the Government, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai, was probed and taken into custody on charges of accepting bribes in the case of rescue flights during the COVID-19 epidemic.

On January 27, Vietnamese authorities probed and detained four officials of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for allegedly accepting bribes when conducting flights to “rescue” citizens who have been stuck abroad for the past two years during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Four people were probed and detained, including Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong Lan (born 1974) – Director of the Consular Department, Mr. Do Hoang Tung (born in 1980) – Deputy Director, Mr. Le Tuan Anh (born in 1982)- Chief of Office of the Department, and Mr. Luu Tuan Dung (born in 1987)- Deputy Head of the Civil Protection Department of the department.

Also related to this case, Ms. Hoang Dieu Mo, born in 1980, General Director of An Binh Aviation Services & Tourism Co., Ltd., on March 25, was arrested on charges of “giving bribes” according to Article 364 of the Criminal Code. (Translated)