White-collar crimes worsening in Hanoi, laments judge

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The number of corruption trials in Hanoi has doubled this year while embezzlement cases have become more serious, a judge from the city People's Court said.

Dao Sy Hung, deputy presiding judge at the court, told news website VnExpress that prosecutors brought 33 corruption cases involving 91 people to court in the first nine months of this year.

There were only 15 such cases in the whole of last year, he said.

The cases of embezzlement brought up before his court had increased in severity, as evidenced by the first ever death sentence awarded in the city for the crime.

On July 2 Le Quang Khai, 30, of Agribank was sentenced to death, and two other bank employees got life imprisonment for embezzling more than VND45.8 billion (US$2.18 million) from 180 customers.

Khai had pocketed VND34.5 billion ($1.64 million). All three put the money into soccer bets.

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