Vietnam judge accused of illicit affair

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A southern Vietnamese provincial court worked with the local Communist Party unit Tuesday over accusations that a local senior judge had illicit relations with his subordinate, who is another man's wife.

 

Huynh Hong Thang, vice presiding judge of the People's Court of Soc Trang town in Soc Trang Province, was accused of sharing a hammock with Nguyen Thi Thu in a lightless tent at a local garden café on the night of November 2, according to a letter sent by Thu's husband, Nguyen Van Giau, to the province authorities.

 

Giau took a photo of the scene and immediately got punched by Thang and his nose bled, he said in the letter, Tuoi Tre reported.

 

The 34-year-old construction engineer on Monday said his wife had begged him to let the matter go and withdraw the accusation letter, but he refused.

 

Mai Van Lam, an inspection officer from the province's Party Committee, was cited by news web site VietNamNet that he has received Giau's letter and photo. "I personally feel very confident about the evidence," Lam said.

 

The husband said he has suspected there was a relationship between Thang and his wife, both of them Party members, since the two went away for a mission a year ago, the web site reported Sunday.

 

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He said another photo on his wife's cell phone showed her posing in a hotel room next to a man shirt that looks like Thang's.

 

Thang has refusing to comment on the matter. The judge is married with two children.

 

Duong Cong Lap, presiding judge of the province People's Court, said any violations by Thang will be punished under the Party and judiciary sector regulations.

 

Last month, a provincial judge in Ca Mau Province in the region, Nguyen Thanh Mong, was also caught leaving a local guesthouse with a wife of a local.

 

The province authorities are still working on his punishment.

 

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