Workshop discusses confiscation of property in corruption cases

Friday, 2015-03-13 17:19:17
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Professor Le Hong Hanh speaking at the conference
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NDO - The Vietnamese Party Central Committee's Commission for Internal Affairs on March 13 held a workshop in Hanoi entitled 'Confiscating property in corruption cases - Reality in Vietnam and international experience' with the aim of finding effective measures to deal with corruption in Vietnam.

A report at the workshop showed that only 10% of assets from corruption cases were recovered in 2013, though the rate rose to over 22% in 2014.

Corruption in Vietnam is identified as one of the primary threats to the survival of the regime and reduces the efficiency of management of the State apparatus. Bribery in Vietnam remains one of the most pressing issues with complicated developments occurring in many fields at many levels.

Recovery and confiscation of assets in corruption cases is defined an important activity and a measure of the effectiveness of the fight against corruption. In addition to strict punishment for defendants, public opinion also requires relevant agencies to take necessary measures to recover property.

At the event, delegates focused on clarifying issues related to the political and legal basis for recovering assets in Vietnam, the current situation, difficulties arising in recovering property, and international experience among others.

Several delegates said that confiscation of property involved in corruption cases needs a broader definition as not only physical asset should be recovered, but all assets involved.

The Party Commission for Internal Affairs hoped to discover problems and limits from the perspective of theory and practice and learn from international experience at the workshop in a bid to enhance the efficiency of confiscating property involved in corruption cases in Vietnam.