A senior police officer in northern Vietnam had 15 months added to his 16 year prison sentence on Thursday after a court found him guilty of helping his brother flee Vietnam.
Duong Tu Trong, the former deputy police chief of Hai Phong, was accused of masterminding a plan to send Duong Chi Dung, 56, former chairman of the state-owned shipping giant Vinalines, abroad in May 2012 when police were seeking his arrest for embezzling millions in public money.
A Hanoi court sentenced Trong, 53, to 18 years in prison this January. Trung appealed and had his sentence reduced to 16 years in May, for “organizing illegal migration."
Most recently, the Hai Phong People's Court prosecuted him for the additional charge of “abuse of power.”
According to indictment, Trung asked a disgraced former Ho Chi Minh City customs official named Dong Xuan Phong to help get his brother abroad.
Years earlier, the Hai Phong policeman had helped Phong escape his own arrest warrant and Phong managed to live as a fugitive in the port city, which is known for its powerful mafia.
On May 17, 2012, Trung's brother learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, so Phong and several Hai Phong police officers stepped in to assist in his flight abroad.
The group took Dung to the northern province of Quang Ninh in an effort to get him to China.
Difficulties there forced Phong and his crew to bring the disgraced executive back to Ho Chi Minh City, where they drove him to neighboring Tay Ninh Province and on to Cambodia.
Once in Cambodia, Dung caught a flight to Singapore where he applied for a visa to the US.
His application was rejected, forcing him to return to Cambodia where he was arrested on September 4, 2012 with help from Interpol.
Dung was stripped of his title at the Vietnam Maritime Association in February 2013.
He and and his subordinate Mai Van Phuc, Vinalines’ former general director, were convicted of directing eight others executives and employees at Vinalines to purchase a useless floating dock in Russia for $9 million.
Repairing the dock cost the state another $10.5 million.
Dung and Phuc were both sentenced to death for embezzling $474,000 each.