VietNamNet Bridge, Jul 9, 2009. Fewer corruption cases were detected in the first half of 2009 compared to the previous year. Moreover, prosecutions lag.
Eight key corruption cases originating in 2007 remain unfinished, including the PMU18 and the Bai Chay bridge project scandals.
Huynh Ngoc Si, former deputy director of the HCM City Transportation Department, has not yet been prosecuted. He is charged with bribe-taking.
115 cases of corruption by senior officials were reported in six ministries and 11 provinces in the first six months of 2009. The Government Inspectorate released results of audits at eight state-owned groups and government agencies. In all, it discovered wrong-doings involving over 11 trillion dong (about $ 640 million) and 21,500 shares.
Hanoi and HCM City again had the highest numbers of incidents, with 22 corruption cases and 44 defendants in Hanoi and 22 cases, 70 defendants in HCM City.
After hearing the committee’s report, PM Nguyen Tan Dung confirmed that positive results were achieved in the anti-corruption fight in the past six months. Those involved in major corruption cases discovered recently have been strictly punished.
However, the prime minister continued, there are weaknesses in anti-corruption efforts, in particular the slow implementation of orders to officials to declare their personal assets and concerning reviews of land management. Suspected cases of corruption should be handled more swiftly. There are issues concerning the culpability of managers who have allowed corruption to take place in their units.