Vietnamese official faces dismissal over wedding of son and underage girl

By Nguyen Dung, Thanh Nien News

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A commune official in the central province of Ha Tinh is facing dismissal for hosting a wedding for his son and a pregnant 14-year-old girl.
Nguyen Van Tuong, deputy chairman of Huong Quang Commune in Vu Quang District, had reportedly invited dozens of guests and many local officials to the wedding reception of his 21-year-old son on October 8.
Some of the guests, including the commune's chairman, found out that the bride is underage and reported the case to district authorities.
Official sources say the wedding was organized because the girl was pregnant.
The legal marriage age in Vietnam is 20 for men and 18 for women.
On Tuesday Vo Dinh Quang, chief inspector of the district’s Party unit, told Thanh Nien Tuong will receive a warning and will be dismissed from his post later this week.
The Party unit is still considering transferring him to another position, he said.
The same day, a police officer of Vu Quang District told Thanh Nien Tuong’s son may be investigated on a possible charge of “having sex with a minor.”
Having sex with a teenager between 13 and 16 years old is a serious crime punishable by up to 15 years in jail. Longer terms will be considered if the girl becomes pregnant.

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