Probes launched into Vinashin, Binh Thuan land deals

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In two separate cases, government inspectors will investigate financial management by the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group and alleged wrongdoings in land management in the central province of Binh Thuan.

The financial inspection of the ship building group VINASHIN one of the country's largest state-owned groups would be conducted in June and focus on its purchase of equipment as well as use of loans, Deputy Chief Inspector Mai Quoc Binh said at a press briefing Wednesday.

The inspection had been scheduled for 2009 but Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had approved a delay due to the economic downturn, he said, adding that the Party's Central Inspection Committee was also inspecting the group.

Binh said his office had also received a number of letters reporting wrongdoings in land management by local officials in Binh Thuan.

"The Government Inspectorate know well the situation there. Local authorities have granted land to ineffective projects and even granting the same land area to more than one project," he said.

They would inspect land management at all levels in the province this April, Binh said.

Speaking to Thanh Nien about the results of inspections carried out in land management in Long An Province, Binh said they had completed inspections of the Ho Chi Minh City Long An Garbage Processing Industrial Park project in the province's Thu Thua District.

He said there have been "many problems" with the project including unusual transfers of land-use rights to many individuals prior to project approval, adding his office was awaiting further instructions from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

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