Two emaciated former presidents of Khanh Hoa appear in court
Mr. Nguyen Chien Thang and Le Duc Vinh look much thinner and emaciated, after nearly a year in detention due to the wrongful assignment of land to a project enterprise.
On April 4, two former presidents of different terms were Nguyen Chien Thang67 years old, and Le Duc Vinh, 57 years old, and 4 defendants who were former leaders of departments and agencies were brought to the People’s Court of Khanh Hoa province for trial on charges of crime. Violation of regulations on land management according to Clause 3, Article 229 of the Penal Code, the penalty frame is 5-12 years in prison.
Only Mr Vo Tan Thai, 61 years old, the former director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment could not attend the court because “under treatment”.
In this case, Mr. Thang and Mr. Vinh were determined to have the highest responsibility. While in office, they signed many documents, directed the assignment and change of use purposes, and issued illegal land use right certificates. law for enterprises to implement two projects Spiritual ecology Cuu Long Son Tu, Vinh Trung mountain river villa, break the plan Nine Khuc mountain area.
Security for the trial was tightened, with dozens of police officers participating to protect the trial. Attendees are controlled. The trial panel did not set a date for the end of the trial.
According to the indictment announced by the representative of the Procuracy, from 2012 to 2015, Khanh Hoa Production and Construction Company Limited (Khanh Hoa Company) was licensed by the Provincial People’s Committee to be the investor of the two projects above.
On July 9, 2012, Mr. Nguyen Chien Thang signed a decision to assign Khanh Hoa Company an area of 123 hectares of land to invest in zoning for afforestation combined with eco-tourism.
This company then made a written request to expand the area to 513 hectares. After consulting and signing relevant documents by Mr. Dao Cong Thien, Le Mong Diep, Vo Tan Thai and Tran Van Hung, on June 30, 2014, Mr. Thang signed a decision to increase the area for the project. Spiritual ecology Cuu Long Son Temple from more than 123 hectares to more than 513 hectares, with land use levy. In fact, the land allocation has been completed, but this enterprise has not been granted an investment certificate or adjusted to increase the land area.
At the beginning of 2015, Mr. Thang continued to sign for approval for this enterprise to increase the non-agricultural production and business land by 1.7 hectares without an investment certificate to adjust the land use demand.
The authorities determined that Mr. Thang, the head of the Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee, had given many directions throughout, agreed on the policy and signed the decisions to allocate land to enterprises to carry out the project in contravention of regulations. According to the land use planning up to 2020, all land allocated for the implementation of the above project is unused production forest and hilly land.
“The behavior of Mr. Thang and his subordinates and officials of departments and agencies violated the provisions of the Land Law and related documents,” the indictment stated.
For the project Vinh Trung mountain river villa in the area of Chin Khuc mountain, on June 22, 2011, Khanh Hoa Company submitted a written request to change the project’s land use purpose. Mr. Le Duc Vinh, now Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, approved the adjustment of the detailed planning to serve the purpose of changing land use purposes for Khanh Hoa Company to implement the project.
According to the VKS, Mr. Le Mong Diep as Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, after verifying the dossier, knew that the change of land use purpose was not in accordance with the law and the land use plan according to the law. planning but still signed a proposal to the Provincial People’s Committee for Khanh Hoa Company to change the purpose of land use for the project.
And Mr. Le Van De, Director of the Department of Construction, reported the appraisal results and asked the Provincial People’s Committee to approve the general construction planning. This is the basis for the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to convert production forest land to non-agricultural land illegally.
After consulting the leaders of the department, on August 15, 2012, Mr. Vinh signed a decision allowing Khanh Hoa Company to change the use purpose of 196,194 m2 from production forest land to residential land and land for other purposes. public to implement the project.
Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee then issued an investment certificate, with the purpose of investing in building technical infrastructure for a new villa area to live in combination with eco-tourism for the investor.
The authorities determined that Mr. Vinh signed the land allocation decisions in violation of the law on land management and land allocation without determining the amount of land use levy or land allocation on the field before the investor fulfilled his obligations. financial services; land allocation or change of land use purpose in violation of land use master plans and plans.
According to the planning project of Nha Trang city to 2020, the land assigned to implement this project is a green and ecological land. However, during the implementation of the project, the investor has cut down trees, dug, leveled… disrupted the landscape and planning of the Nine Khuc mountain area.
In 2019, after reviewing, Khanh Hoa People’s Committee found that the projects at Chin Khuc mountain had been implemented in many stages, lasted for a long time and had many shortcomings in state management, construction and environmental protection. The chairman of Khanh Hoa at this time, Mr. Le Duc Vinh, quickly requested that the project be stopped and the investor had to plant trees and green the “hashed” gaps, but could not restore the original state due to The mountain after being excavated has a steep slope, the soil structure is changed.
After being found guilty, the investor returned 370 hectares of land to regenerate and restore the forest environment. The current status of the project land has been structurally converted into production forest land in accordance with the planning. Authorities did not determine material damage in the case.
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