Vietnam official faces punishment for failure to declare assets

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An official in the southern Vietnamese province of Tien Giang did not lie about the origin of two luxury cars he used, but should be punished for failing to truthfully declare his assets, a preliminary investigation has concluded.

VnExpress reported Thursday that the provincial party inspectorate is wrapping up disciplinary procedures against Cao Van The, secretary of the Binh Ninh Commune party unit.

The official has also been found guilty of going overseas without permission and other violations.

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Meanwhile, the Cho Gao District police have handed over investigation of a case in which The has been accused of using the cars allegedly smuggled in from Cambodia and with Cambodian license plates to the provincial police.

He had told the 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 investigation continues.

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