Vietnam’s embattled former anti-corruption czar slapped on wrist

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Former head of the Government Inspectorate Tran Van Truyen in a file photo Former head of the Government Inspectorate Tran Van Truyen in a file photo

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The Communist Party has issued a warning to the retired anti-corruption czar after inspectors concluded he had illegally acquired and misused state-owned real estate, the Central Party Committee announced Tuesday. 
The Communist Party of Vietnam maintains four modes of punishment for misconduct by official members: reprimands, warnings, demotions and expulsion. 
After being given a warning, Truyen will face no further punishment in the case. 
The Communist Party's Tuesday announcement said that the government should revoke any state-owned houses misused or misappropriated by public servants. 
Tran Van Truyen, who headed the Government Inspectorate between 2007 and 2011 and also belonged to the Central Party Committee, has already returned a house to authorities in Ho Chi Minh City and a plot of military land to officials in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre.
He gave back the land after a Central Party Committee Inspection Commission charged that he acquired it illegally. 
The land and the house were included on a list of six land use violations that the commission described in a press release issued on November 21 about Truyen's conduct. 
The Party inspectors said he had lied on disclosure and land use applications in order to hoard subsidized housing he and his family rented to paying tenants.

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