Luxury-prone official sacked from Party committee in southern Vietnam

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An official in southern province of Tien Giang has been dismissed from the central committee of a district Party unit after being found using two luxury cars dubiously, a Tuoi Tre report said Saturday.

The newspaper said Cao Van The is also likely to be dismissed from his current position as the secretary of the Binh Ninh Commune party unit under an order that the Standing Committee of the provincial Party sent to Cho Gao District authorities on Friday.

According to the standing committee, The violated ethics and lifestyle codes that Party members have to abide by. He was found using two luxury cars allegedly smuggled in from Cambodia and with Cambodian license plates.

The official was also found guilty of going overseas without permission, and causing environmental pollution with his pig farm among other violations, the committee said.

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In the meantime, Tien Giang police are still investigating the origin of The's cars, which were confiscated in May following smuggling suspicions.

The official earlier told police that the vehicles, a Toyota RAV4 and a Lexus, were given to him by a Cambodian man and a farmer in An Giang Province as security for nearly VND800 million (US$38,369) they owed him in connection with their pig trading.

The provincial Party authorities later concluded he did not lie about the cars' origin, but failed to truthfully declare his assets.

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