Vietnam official faces the music for building luxury villa on public land

By Thai Son, Thanh Nien News

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The lake-view villa owned by Ha Hoa Binh, former deputy chairman of Vinh Phuc Province. Photo: Thai Son

Authorities in the northern province of Vinh Phuc are attempting to determine how to punish a former deputy provincial mayor who built a luxury villa on government land.
Ha Hoa Binh, former deputy chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, came under fire after authorities of Tich Son Ward in Vinh Yen Town, the capital of Vinh Phuc Province, notified the provincial government about his actions.
According to the ward authorities, they were performing site clearance for a lake project when they found that three of 32 households in the project area had illegally built homes on state-owned land.
One of the three households belongs to Binh’s family, the ward authorities said. The family's illegal villa encroached on 399 square meters of public land.
When the ward authorities asked Binh about the villa, he said it belonged to his son and he did not know about the building.
But authorities say Binh, who retired on November 1, lives in the villa; his son lives and works in Hanoi.
The Tich Son Ward authorities are awaiting the provincial government’s instructions before addressing Binh’s violation.

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