Vietnam Jails Former Communist Leader Dinh La Thang

The then Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang addresses the audience - including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - during a ceremony to mark the licensing of the U.S.-supported Fulbright University Vietnam on May 25, 2016, at the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
The then Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang addresses the audience - including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - during a ceremony to mark the licensing of the U.S.-supported Fulbright University Vietnam on May 25, 2016, at the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Vietnam has jailed a former Communist Party official Dinh La Thang in a rare move after he was found guilty of corruption.

The former party official was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Vietnam following a high-level trial in decades.

Dinh La Thang, a former Politburo member, was found guilty of economic mismanagement resulting in the losses in PetroVietnam, the state oil firm of Vietnam.

Vietnam has been purging on the high-profile energy and banking executives in its so-called fight against corruption.

In the wake of conservatives to power, many of the former leaders of Vietnam had to go. The former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was ousted in 2016.

Vietnamese leaders have been campaigning against corruption ever since the conservative section of the ruling Communist Party came to power in 2015.

In the wake of conservatives to power, many of the former leaders of Vietnam had to go. The former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was ousted in 2016.

The current leaders of the party launched an unprecedented purge against corruption and filed charged against many of the former powerful leaders of Vietnam.

The leaders, who happened to be untouchable at a time, encountered dangerous odds at their disposal after the ruling officials launched the high-level trial.

The high-level trial has sentenced another senior executive of PetroVietnam oil firm Trinh Xuan Thanh to life.

 The former PetroVietnam executive was abducted from Germany where he sought political asylum. Germany accused Vietnam of abduction.

He later confessed that he got back to Vietnam on his own that his lawyer rejected as an enforced confession.

Dinh La Thang, the former Politburo member, was sacked in last May. He was charged with corruption cases and eventually sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The political analysts fear that the charges could be politically motivated. According to the critics’ opinion, the current leadership is conducting the trials for a political end.


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