Vietnam arrests former Coast Guard chief for embezzlement case World news

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s defense ministry has detained a former commander of its Coast Guard on suspicion of embezzlement, the government said Monday, the latest arrest as the ruling Communist Party steps up its long-running crackdown.

Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Son was arrested last Wednesday along with six other senior Coast Guard officials for their involvement in a “embezzlement case,” the government said in a statement that did not elaborate on the alleged crime.

Reuters could not immediately reach the Vietnamese Coast Guard for comment.

“This is a very serious case that is attracting public attention,” the government said in a statement, adding that Son was fired in October.

The state-run newspaper Tuoi Tre said the defense ministry said Son was responsible for violations committed by the Coast Guard between 2015 and 2020, including “financial mismanagement” and “irregularities in public procurement.”

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The Politburo, the party’s powerful decision-making body, called last month to step up the fight against corruption.

Among those recently arrested were several businessmen, including the presidents of real estate firm FLC and Bamboo Airways and the Tan Hoang Minh Group.

Police on Thursday arrested Deputy Foreign Minister To Anha Dung on suspicion of bribery.

(Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Martin Petty)

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