Mar 28, 2007. The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court chose to sentence ex-Deputy Minister of Trade Mai Van Dau, 64, for a longer period though prosecutors had only asked for 10 to 12 years.
Dau’s son, Mai Thanh Hai, 35, was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of fraud – for promising to influence his father’s quota decisions – and using a fake university degree to get a job in his father’s ministry.
The longest sentence was for Le Van Thang, a former Ministry of Trade official, who had admitted to taking US$18,000 in bribes from textile companies to allot quotas.
The corruption was uncovered in September 2004.
The ex-Deputy Minister of Trade has appealed the verdict.