Vietnam lawmaker treason accusations baseless, says parliament

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Accusations of treason against Vietnamese lawmaker Dang Thi Hoang Yen by some newspapers are baseless , the National Assembly Office clarified Saturday.

Nguyen Hanh Phuc, the NA Office chief, told the media that the allegation that Yen had been investigated in 1998 for revealing State secrets to foreign bidders was not true.

She had neither fled the country that year nor been involved with a foreign money-laundering gang as the media claimed, he said.

"Ms Yen was banned from leaving the country between October 1998 and October 2000 while an investigation into her alleged money laundering was underway.

"Later, no charges were pressed against her."

Three months ago Cuu Chien Binh (War Veteran) newspaper accused Yen of providing information about a national electricity project to foreign bidders in 1998

She had fled to the US when her offenses were discovered and returned to Vietnam in 2008 with her Viet Kieu husband, it claimed.

Another newspaper, Nguoi Cao Tuoi (the Elderly), alleged that she had bribed voters in some districts of Long An Province from where she contested and won the NA election last May.

Following the reports, the house had promised to scrutinize her eligibility.

The NA Office said investigations had found that the accusations were baseless.

Yen is chairwoman and CEO of Tan Tao Group, a leading industrial park and infrastructure developer.

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