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Vietnam sends out teams to monitor anti-corruption work

The Vietnam Communist Party leader has established seven special teams to oversee major corruption investigations of high public interest.

The decision, signed August 6 by the Party's General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention, assigned senior members of the committee to lead teams supervising and monitoring the investigation and prosecution of high-profile corruption cases between August 15 and September 30.

Ngo Van Du, chairman of the Party's Central Inspection Committee, will lead a team working with cases under the government inspectors and Ho Chi Minh City authorities.

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang will be in charge of cases in Hanoi and the nearby city of Hai Phong.

Nguyen Ba Thanh, deputy head of the corruption prevention committee, will look over work at the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuracy, which is Vietnam's top prosecution unit.

Another team led by Truong Hoa Binh, presiding judge at the supreme court, will work in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and Dong Nai Province, which neighbors HCMC.

Nguyen Hoa Binh, head of the country's top prosecutor's office, will take care of monitoring the northern provinces of Hai Duong and Hung Yen.

Huynh Phong Tranh, chief of the Government Inspectorate, will lead the team in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak and the nearby Binh Thuan Province.

Nguyen Van Hien, chief of the National Assembly's Judicial Committee, was given Ca Mau and An Giang provinces in the Mekong Delta.

The Party's corruption committee was launched last January as established by its decision-making body Politburo.

The seven teams are expected to report on their inspections to the Politburo by the end of November.

Previously, a committee with the same name operated under the government and was headed by the prime minister. But it was dissolved by the National Assembly, Vietnam's legislature, at a session last November.

The Party also revived its Interior Commission, which is tasked with fighting corruption, last February. The commission was merged with the Party Office in 2007, and appointed Nguyen Ba Thanh, a populist leader from Da Nang, as its chief.

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