Vietnam officials to stand trial for corruption in IT project

HANOI (AFP)—A former deputy head of Vietnam’s government office is set to stand trial in October along with 22 alleged accomplices over embezzlement in a multimillion-dollar IT project, officials said Tuesday.

Thuan, 67, allegedly caused losses of more than $268,000 to the state budget. The official, who formerly held the rank of deputy minister, allegedly siphoned off some $16,000, according to the Thanh Nien newspaper.

He could be jailed up to 15 years if convicted.

In April 2007, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung scrapped the project following financial, technical and legal problems including flawed software, wasteful spending and poor planning, Thanh Nien said.

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