Mekong Delta senior judges under fire for illicit affairs

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Two senior judges in the Mekong Delta are facing discipline for violating the Communist Party ethics code after they were caught having affairs with married women.

On Monday (November 14), the Ca Mau Province People's Court proposed that Judge Nguyen Thanh Mong, deputy chief of the court's secretariat, be punished for having an illicit affair with Tran Thi Thu, the wife of a local man.

Mong was caught in a motel with Thu on October 7, but he insistently denied committing adultery, saying he was giving some free "legal consultancy" services to the 24-year-old woman.

Nguyen Van D., the husband, and some relatives followed Mong and Thu to the motel and captured a picture of them before reporting the case to the provincial People's Court.

The court's party unit later launched an investigation and concluded that Mong had illicit affair with Thu despite knowing she was married.

Mong violated ethics code of a Party member as well as of a court officer and he was not sincere in his report, the unit said.

In another case, Huynh Hong Thang, deputy presiding judge of Soc Trang Town People's Court in the eponymous province, was found having an affair with his subordinate Nguyen Thi Thu.

Thang was sharing a hammock with Thu in a lightless tent at a local garden café on the night of November 2, according to a denunciation letter sent by Thu's husband, Nguyen Van Giau, to the provincial Party unit and People's Court.

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Giau took a photo of the scene and immediately got punched by Thang causing his nose to bleed, he said in the letter, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

Giau wrote in the letter that his wife had turned indifferent to him for almost a year after going on business trips with Thang.

The couple started fighting after Thang began contacting Thu via mobile phone, which prompted the husband to spy on Thang and Thu and caught them at the café shop.

The Party unit of Soc Trang Town later launched an investigation and concluded the accusations were true.

Le Van Can, the town's Party unit chief, said Thang would be disciplined for violating the "don'ts" of Party members.

Thang was appointed to be deputy presiding judge of the Soc Trang Town People's Court several months ago. Thu is an officer in charge of receiving files for the court.

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