Vietnam rehab chief in charge months after 'systemic' violations found

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The director of a rehablitation facility in northern Vietnam is still in charge months after he was found engaging in "systemic violations," a local news web site said.

Bui Trong Hai, director of the Hai Duong social center for drug addicts and prostitutes, in 2009 and 2010 had released 136 inmates before their due date, according to inspectors in the province, news web site VietNamNet reported Tuesday.

Many of them were let go as many as five to six months before schedule. Two were given a certificate saying they had finished their training and treatment.

The province's Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs had in May this year proposed the administration removes Hai from the post. But no action has been taken.

Investigations also found Hai had opened a commodity store and a restaurant at the center, earning nearly VND4.5 billion (over US$214,700) between April 2009 and March 2011.

Nguyen Kim Hoan, chief inspector of the Hai Duong Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the center's violations were "systemic" and many Vietnam's Communist Party members were involved.

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