Vietnam fires district heads in land revocation scandal

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The head of a district administration in northern Vietnam and his deputy were dismissed from service Thursday for ordering a land revocation the prime minister later deemed illegal.

Le Van Hien, chairman of Tien Lang District People's Committee, had ordered the revocation while Nguyen Van Khanh led around 100 soldiers and police officers to seize the land by force.

The district is located in the northern port city of Hai Phong.

Another vice chairman of the district, Luong Huu Huyen, has been assigned to be the temporary chairman.

The district police chief and military commander have been rebuked for their involvement.

Earlier on February 10, PM Nguyen Tan Dung announced at a meeting with Hai Phong authorities that the revocation was illegal, and ordered the city government to take remedial actions.

On Monday, the revocation decision was withdrawn.

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Doan Van Vuon was granted 14-year leases to swampland in 1993 and 1997.

Vietnam's Land Law stipulates that agricultural land should be leased for a minimum of 20 years.

The revocation of Vuon's land after he had worked hard over two decades to reclaim it from the swamp made headlines. The attempt to evacuate him was met with hand-made guns and mines.

Hai Phong police are still investigation the demolition of Vuon's two houses after the revocation. Locals have accused leaders of the Vinh Quang Commune of ordering the destruction

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