Hanoi: 14 ex-officials prosecuted for Dong Tam land violations
Hanoi People’s Committee chairman Nguyen Duc Chung (centre, white shirt) meet Dong Tam commune residents to resettle land disputes last April (Source: VNA)
My Duc district’s
Police in Hanoi have announced they were prosecuting 14 former officials
of the district and of Dong Tam commune.
The officials were allegedly
involved in land violations in the commune.
The accused will appear in
court this month, facing charges of "abusing power while on
duty" and "irresponsibility causing serious consequence.”
The accused include a former
commune People’s Committee chairman, People’s Council chairman, commune Party
Committee secretary and head of the commune’s Police, as well as head of the
district’s Environment Division and officials of the district’s Land
According to the indictment,
between 2002 and 2013, the commune officials illegally allocated and granted
land to some local households.
The district officials were
allegedly irresponsible while verifying the origin of the land and granted
land-use certificates unlawfully.
The violations of the
officials were detected and investigated following complaints from residents.
Dong Tam commune made
headlines in local media for a land scandal in late March and mid-April
when 38 civil servants and some police personnel were held hostage by the
residents were protesting what they considered was unjustified revoking of 50
acres of land where they’d built homes and lived for many years.
tensions escalated in March, police opened an investigation against the
residents for "disturbing social order."
came to a head on April 15, when police arrested four people. Local
villagers retaliated by surrounding and seizing 38 officials, including police