Vietnam commune official probed for illegally building personal road

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The road section leading to his house that Nguyen Van Minh, former chairman of Tan Thanh Commune in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, illegally built using public funds in 2013. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Police in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong Sunday began investigating an allegation that a local official illegally built a road leading to his house using public funds, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
Nguyen Van Minh, former chairman of the Tan Thanh Commune People’s Committee, faces charges of “abuse of power” and has been prohibited from leaving the province during the investigation.
In 2013 the government had allocated funds for Tan Thanh Commune to build rural roads.
According to preliminary investigations, Minh instructed his subordinates to forge documents for a road that would lead to his house.
A 1.3-km road running through the commune’s Dak Hoa village was be built at a cost of more than VND1 billion (US$45,850), but Minh illegally added a 280-meter section from the road to his house.
After the issue came to light, Minh was dismissed from his job and warned by the K’Rong No District Party unit.

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