Vietnam jails former oil execs in high-profile graft case

Dinh La Thang, left, is led into a court room by police in Hanoi on January 8. Dinh La Thang, ex-chairman of state energy giant PetroVietnam, was sentenced to 13 years in jail for deliberate economic mismanagement. (AP)
Updated 22 January 2018
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Vietnam jails former oil execs in high-profile graft case

HANOI: A former oil executive has been sentenced to life in prison and a former high-ranking Vietnamese government official has received a lengthy prison term in a major corruption case.
The court in the capital Hanoi sentenced former Politburo member Dinh La Thang, ex-chairman of state energy giant PetroVietnam, to 13 years in jail for deliberate economic mismanagement Monday as the two-week trial concluded. Thang was the first Politburo member to be jailed in decades.
Trinh Xuan Thanh, an ex-chairman of PetroVietnam’s construction arm, was given life imprisonment for embezzlement. Germany accuses Vietnam agents of snatching him from a Berlin park last year.
The two were among 22 defendants, most of them current or former oil executives.
Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted a Judge as saying the prosecutions were well-founded.


Cape Verde opens investigation after migrant boat sails to Brazil

Updated 25 May 2018
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Cape Verde opens investigation after migrant boat sails to Brazil

  • Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Filipe: “There were no Cape Verdeans on board but because the ship began its crossing in Cape Verde we are going to investigate so that other cases do not occur.”
  • There were 25 migrants — all men — on the boat and two Brazilians, reportedly suspected of being people traffickers.

PRAIA: Cape Verde has opened an investigation after 25 African migrants were found off the coast of Brazil after reportedly spending five weeks at sea.
The country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Filipe said the migrant boat started its great journey in the west African archipelago.
“There were no Cape Verdeans on board but because the ship began its crossing in Cape Verde we are going to investigate so that other cases do not occur,” Filipe Tavaras said on TV Wednesday night.
On Saturday, local fishermen found the catamaran, flying the Haitian flag, drifting off the Brazilian coastal town of Sao Jose de Ribamar, south of the Amazon river, the Brazilian navy said.
There were 25 migrants — all men — on the boat and two Brazilians, reportedly suspected of being people traffickers.
The migrants came from Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal on the other side of the Atlantic, the human rights department for Brazil’s state of Maranhao said in a statement.
They had reportedly spent 35 days afloat but there was no immediate indication of what route they had taken.
Brazilian police will investigate possible crimes committed against the migrants and evaluate their legal situation.
Cape Verde, a group of nine inhabited volcanic islands, lies some 500 kilometers (300 miles) off the west African countries of Guinea-Bissau and Senegal.
The islands gained independence from Portugal in 1975, after an 11-year liberation war.