Trying Tran Quy Thanh, does police chief To Lam open path to Ho Mau Ngot – former Assistant of party chief?

The public believes that the story of Tran Qui Thanh’s family and his two daughters, Tran Uyen Phuong and Tran Ngoc Bich, being accused of appropriating VND767 billion ($30.5 milion), is a typical example of the proverb “you will reap what you sow.”

In the context that Minister of Public Security To Lam is urgently focusing all efforts on the plot to “win the throne” to replace General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, what does it mean when he is working to try Tran Quy Thanh?

Tuoi Tre newspaper on March 24 reported that “Tran Qui Thanh was recommended for 9-10 years in prison.” The news said that after more than a day of trial, on the afternoon of April 24, representatives of the People’s Procuracy of Ho Chi Minh City impeached Tran Qui Thanh and his daughters. Accordingly, he was recommended for 9 to 10 years in prison, Uyen Phuong was recommended for 5 to 6 years in prison, and Ngoc Bich was recommended for 4 to 5 years in prison.

According to the investigation conclusion of the Ministry of Public Security, Tran Qui Thanh and his offsprings lent money to a number of businesses and individuals, but used the trick of not signing a mortgage contract, but forcing the borrowers to sign fake a contracts to transfer property, then appropriate it.

On the first day of trial, in court, Tran Qui Thanh still affirmed that he was not guilty, nor did he lend money, but rather bought and sold land with the victims. However, a few hours later, the father and daughters agreed to plead guilty according to the indictment.

Talking about the wealth of Tran Quy Thanh’s family, public opinion evaluates that, in Vietnam, when it comes to holding cash, if Tran Quy Thanh’s family is “ranked 2nd”, then “surely no one would dare to claim the number one.”

Tan Hiep Phat Group is a private enterprise, producing soft drinks, with sales of around 6,000 billion, average pre-tax profit per year of VND2 trillion. There were even years when Tan Hiep Phat’s revenue was equal to Coca and Pepsi produced in Vietnam combined.

But unfortunately, no matter how much profit Thanh and his offsprings earned, it was not enough. Therefore, in addition to producing bottled water, they also opened the business of lending money and accepting mortgages for projects. This is also the reason why Tran Quy Thanh’s entire family is entangled in law violations.

There is a Vietnamese proverb that says, “If you sow the wind, you will reap the storm.” This is said to be a warning to those who want to harm others, to seek benefits, they will inevitably encounter disaster.

VietnamNet on August 4, 2014 reported that, on August 2, 2014, in Ha Nam province, General Secretary of the Party Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong visited Tran Quy Thanh’s Number 1 Ha Nam factory, and press the button to start the factory production line. Experts say that Tran Qui Thanh has a special relationship with Ho Mau Ngot – then Assistant to the incumbent party chief.

Trong’s visit to Number 1 factory was influenced by Ho Mau Ngot, at the request of Thanh, for VND5 billion. This is just a small example of Ngoat’s countless business ventures.

Public opinion believes that the head of the Communist Party of Vietnam, who has worked so hard, why would he give such special favor to Tan Hiep Phat? And does this have anything to do with Tan Hiep Phat’s signs of violating the law and business ethics?

Why is General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong – as head of the Central Anti-Corruption Agency – so negligent? To be known as backing the scandalous “tycoon” Tran Quy Thanh of Tan Hiep Phat.

Public opinion evaluates that assistants are the extended arm of leaders. They are used by Vietnamese leaders as an intermediary, to make money from businesses as well as receive bribes from businesses. What does the above matter have to do with the fact that Minister To Lam and the Ministry of Public Security regularly arrest secretaries and assistants of senior leaders, the latest being the arrest of Assistant to National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

Public opinion believes that, perhaps, this is the result of the situation of “irrelegacy at the top and chaos at the bottom.” Not only within the Communist Party of Vietnam, but also in the superstructure of the Vietnamese political apparatus, is also in the same general situation.

A question that arises is, why did the Ministry of Public Security handle Tran Qui Thanh and his daughters at this time, when the internal leadership struggling is at its climax? Is this related to the possibility of leading to Ho Mau Ngot – former Assistant to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong?

Let’s wait and see./.


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