Communist Party of Vietnam’s internal fighting ahead of its 13th National Congress: Nguyen Duc Chung faces lengthy imprisonment

Towards the end of 2020, the work of closing personnel for the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) becomes urgent. It’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong tries to bring all serious cases to court, including Dinh La Thang-Trinh Xuan Thanh, Vu Huy Hoang-Ho Thi Kim Thoa, and now Nguyen Duc Chung. Doing communist politics is like that, internal fighting is like a series of episodes, the strong win and the weak side loses from year to year. The case of Nguyen Duc Chung’s prosecution can be said to be quite special, it can be said that this is the second-largest case of the 12th term of the Party Central Committee. The previous case was to prosecute Dinh La Thang 3 years ago.

Today, the Security Investigation Agency of the Ministry of Public Security issued the conclusion of the investigation of the “appropriation of state secret documents” in Hanoi, forwarding the file to the Procuracy with a proposal to prosecute 4 defendants, including Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung.

Nguyen Duc Chung when he was still the chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee

Nguyen Duc Chung’s case has lasted for nearly 2 years since the “smuggling” case of Nhat Cuong Mobile was revealed. Right, when this case just started, the online community knew this was a piece of attack against Nguyen Duc Chung, but no one else. Perhaps the plan of the Ministry of Public Security was to catch Nhat Cuong Mobile-Bui Quang Huy and then open Nguyen Duc Chung, but unexpectedly Bui Quang Huy sniffed it many days ago and ran away until now. Now, To Lam and his close allies and subordinates are dubbed the “leading kidnappers” but still cannot find out where Bui Quang Huy’s hiding place is. The case seemed to be deadlocked when protagonist Bui Quang Huy fell silent, so To Lam and his friends also found in time to find another way to bring down Nguyen Duc Chung.

Which names share the same fate with Nguyen Duc Chung?

In this wave, the Ministry of Public Security plans to prosecute a total of 4 people, including Nguyen Duc Chung. The names can be listed as follows:

The first person, Nguyen Duc Chung, was born on August 3, 1967; residing at 88, Trung Liet street, Trung Liet ward, Dong Da district, Hanoi city; former chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee.

The second one, Pham Quang Dung, was born on July 16, 1983; living at Room 3312, CT1, Ecogreen apartment, Nguyen Xien street, Tan Trieu commune, Thanh Tri district, Hanoi city; former police officer.

The third person, Nguyen Hoang Trung, was born on July 28, 1983; residing in room 1602, T2 building, Grand City apartment, 3 Luong Yen, Bach Dang ward, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi city; worked as Chung’s secretary.

The fourth person, Nguyen Anh Ngoc, was born on May 20, 1974; residing at Lane 104 Ai Mo, Bo De Ward, Long Bien District, Hanoi City; former deputy chief of Chung’s Secretariat.

Pictures of 3 defendants, Pham Quang Dung, Nguyen Hoang Trung, and Nguyen Anh Ngoc

It is known that 4 months ago, on July 13, 2020, the Security Investigation Agency of the Ministry of Public Security conducted an urgent search of the whereabouts of these three people. On the afternoon of July 13, the web portal of the Ministry of Public Security issued a notice on the conduct of an urgent search of the residence and workplace of 3 people about the act of “appropriating documents of state secrets” according to Article 337 Criminal Code 2015. Starting at this point, netizens assessed that the arrest of Nguyen Duc Chung is only a matter of time.

In addition to the crime of “appropriating state secret documents,” what other crime did Nguyen Duc Chung commit?

In addition, there were cases of “Smuggling,” “Violation of accounting regulations causing serious consequences,” “Money laundering,” and “Violation of bidding regulations causing serious consequences” occurred at the Nhat Cuong Trading and Technical Services Limited Co. (Nhat Cuong Company for short), and the Hanoi Department of Planning and Investment and a number of related units. The second case of Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung related is “Violation of regulations on the management and use of State assets causing loss and waste” occurred in Hanoi City.

Firstly, on August 11, the Politburo of the Communist Party suspended Chung’s activities in the Executive Committee of the Hanoi Party Committee, the Standing Committee of the Hanoi Party Committee and suspended the position of deputy secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, membership in the Party Central Committee, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, and chairmanship of the Hanoi People’s Committee for investigation of his wrongdoings.

On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc signed Decision 1223 / QD-TTg to suspend his work for Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung as the chairman of the People’s Committee of Hanoi.

On August 28, 2020, the Security Investigation Agency of the Ministry of Public Security issued a decision to prosecute the defendant, an arrest warrant for detention (4 months), and a search warrant for his private residence and workplace on a charge of “appropriation of State secret documents” specified in Article 337 of the 2015 Criminal Code, as amended and supplemented in 2017. On November 21, the Security Investigation Agency of the Ministry of Public Security just completed the conclusion of the investigation, proposing the Supreme People’s Procuracy to prosecute Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung and 3 other people for appropriating documents of State secrets.

Nguyen Duc Chung was the boss of the Hanoi police

According to the investigation results of the security agency, Mr. Chung and the defendants appropriated confidential documents, including confidential documents related to the Nhat Cuong case. Mr. Chung was prosecuted and arrested and detained on August 28.

Previously, on August 11, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung was suspended for 90 days to verify and investigate the role related to 3 cases, including: Nhat Cuong Mobile, appropriation of documents of State secrets and Violation regulations on the management and use of State property causing loss and waste.

The path of rapid progression of Nguyen Duc Chung

Before his arrest, Nguyen Duc Chung’s path of promotion was extremely clear. It must be said that Nguyen Duc Chung’s promotions as arranged before are no different from famous princes like Vo Van Thuong or Nguyen Thanh Nghi.

Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung was born in 1967, from Kinh Mon, Hai Duong. He is a senior investigator, a PhD of law, a bachelor of economics, and was conferred the title of Hero of the Armed Forces at the age of 37.

For many years working at the Police Department of Investigation of Crime of Social Orders (Hanoi Police Department), he respectively held the position of deputy head and then head, deputy director of the Hanoi Police Department, head of the Police Investigation Department.

In September 2012, he was appointed as director of Hanoi Police Department.

At the end of 2015, Major General and Director of the Hanoi City Police Department Nguyen Duc Chung was elected as the chairman of the People’s Committee of Hanoi for the 2011-2016 term. His predecessor, Mr. Nguyen The Thao (as chairman for two terms, from 2007 to 2015) had previously applied for resignation and was approved by the Government.

At the meeting of the City People’s Council in mid-2016, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung was re-elected as the Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee for the 2016-2021 term with a high number of votes.

During the tenure of Mr. Chung as the chairman of the city, Hanoi planted more than a million trees, hundreds of lakes in the inner city were renovated, many projects aimed at reviving rivers, including To Lich river.

Regarding academic titles, degrees and ranks, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung is a PhD of Laws, Bachelor of the People’s Police Academy majoring in Crime Investigation, Bachelor of Hanoi University of Commerce majoring in Business Administration, high-profile investigator. He was the Secretary of the Party Committee and director of Hanoi City Police Department, member of the 13th term of the National Assembly, and member of its Judicial Committee.

Investigation and search agency of Nguyen Duc Chung’s house

Nguyen Duc Chung was prosecuted, surely someone must tremble because communist officials never committed mistakes alone. Nguyen Duc Chung’s boss during his time at the Hanoi police, Nguyen Duc Nhanh also soon retired early. As for Mr. Chung’s boss, when he was the chairman of the People’s Committee of Hanoi, none other than Hoang Trung Hai. Compared with Chung, Hoang Trung Hai carries a much lighter sentence, in his hand he is still holding the position of member of the Politburo. The subordinate is prosecuted, it is normal for the boss to tremble.

Nguyen Duc Chung ran, but failed.

Before that, in September, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung used the excuse of cancer and asked the agency to treat or bail for treatment. The irony is that when he was in office, Mr. Chung did not say anything about the serious illness he suffered, but when he was imprisoned, his cancer reappeared. This disease can be real, it can be fake. But whether real or fake, the police investigation agency realized Nguyen Duc Chung’s wish to go out and run away. In response to this guise of Nguyen Duc Chung, on October 2, the Chief of the Office of the Ministry of Public Security To An Xo said that the investigating agency had received a petition from a lawyer proposing to allow Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung to be being granted bail for medical treatment.

Through the results of the investigation and discussion with the Supreme People’s Procuracy, it is found that the crime of “appropriating State secrets” is of a very serious nature. “Therefore, the investigation agency has not changed its deterrent measures,” said General To An Xo. Mr. Xo also said that the investigation agency coordinated with the medical agency in providing medical examination, treatment, and health care for Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung in the detention center.

Regarding Mr. Chung’s health, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Security said, according to the investigation agency’s report, Mr. Chung’s health condition is “normal in the new condition.” Mr. Chung’s case is being further investigated.

Article refuting Nguyen Duc Chung’s request for bail

In mid-September 2020, Lawyer Truong Trong Nghia (the defender of legal rights and interests for Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung) confirmed that his family and lawyer are applying for bail for Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung for cancer treatment.

On August 28, the Investigation Security Agency issued a decision to prosecute the defendant, implementing a 4-month arrest warrant against Mr. Nguyen Duc Chung, to investigate the crime of appropriating State secret documents in accordance with Article 337 of the Criminal Code.

If people get into the hands of the Ministry of Public Security, they certainly cannot escape. Capturing Nguyen Duc Chung was a great plan for the head of the Politburo. When a fish is caught, it cannot escape. If we let Nguyen Duc Chung escape, the personnel work of the 13th Congress would be disturbed, there was no way To Lam would dare let Nguyen Duc Chung escape. (Translated)