A former Vietnamese deputy trade minister, who was arrested last year for involvement in a scandal involving textile exports to the US, will stand trial for corruption. Mai Van Dau would be charged with taking bribes, police said. He was the highest-ranking official implicated in a scam involving distribution of export quotas by the Ministry of Trade to Vietnamese textile producers.
Seventeen others, including former trade ministry officials and textile businesspeople, will also stand trial along with Dau. Among them are his son Mai Thanh Hai and former deputy head of the ministry?s import-export department, Le Van Thang.
The import-export department, overseen directly by Dau, was in charge of distributing export quotas for the American market to textile manufacturers.
The former deputy minister was alleged to have received bribes of US$38,000 for issuing the export quotas though he confessed to taking just $6,000.
Similarly, Thang admitted to getting just $18,000 though he was accused of receiving tens of thousands of dollars.
Dau?s son Hai, who worked at the department before his arrest, will be prosecuted for business fraud. He took nearly $35,000 from a private firm to secure quotas but failed to do so.
He also faces charges of forgery after police found that the university degree certificates he sent to the ministry to obtain his position were counterfeited.
The others involved, who also took bribes or acted as go-betweens in bribery deals, too face corruption charges.
The total amount changing hands in the case was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, police said.
Dau had initially been charged with making corrupt use of his position for which the maximum sentence is 15 years. After further investigation, police changed it to corruption, which, in Vietnam, carries sentences ranging from two-years in jail to execution.
Textiles are the country?s second largest export earner after crude oil.