No probe into cabinet role in Vinashin scandal: NA committee

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Leaders of Vietnam's parliament on Thursday turned down a lawmaker's proposal to set up a commission to probe the liabilities of cabinet members in the mismanagement scandal involving state-owned shipbuilder Vinashin.

The National Assembly Standing Committee said in a statement that the proposal by Representative Nguyen Minh Thuyet was in accordance with current laws.

However, as the case is being reviewed by both the Party and the government, the committee has decided to reject Thuyet's proposal, it said.

Thuyet, 62, one of the most outspoken National Assembly representatives, proposed on November 1 the establishment of an investigation commission into cabinet members, calling for a vote of no confidence in the prime minister and other officials involved in the Vinashin scandal.

He said Vinashin left a huge debt of some VND100 trillion on the public. "A province with an annual income of VND1 trillion will have to work hard for a whole century without spending to pay it," he said.

Tran Van Truyen, the Government Inspectorate Chief, said on Monday that his agency has finished its investigation into Vinashin, which started around three months ago.

"Government inspectors have identified the wrongdoings at Vinashin," he said, but refused to disclose findings about the group's total losses and debts.

The inspection results are expected to be publicized after being passed by the prime minister.

As of June this year, the company had accumulated debts totaling VND86 trillion (US$4.4 billion), leading to an investigation and the initiation of a large-scale restructuring effort.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at a cabinet meeting last weekend that all members of the government have to seriously review their responsibility in the Vinashin case

"We will consider carefully the responsibility of the government, headed by myself, in state management and ownership management; criticism and conclusions will be made," he said.

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