Eleven officials suspended for involvement in alleged bribery at Tenma
Eleven officials, including five in taxation and six
in the customs have been suspended from work due to their involvement in an
alleged bribery case at Japan’s Tenma Vietnam company, Government meeting.
Deputy Minister of Finance Vu Thi Mai told a press
conference in Hanoi on June 2 following the monthly
At the press conference
Mai said the Finance Ministry set up an inspection
team on May 25 to conduct an investigation at the Department of Taxation and
the Department of Customs in the northern province of Bac Ninh in which the
Japanese company is based, as well as organisations and individuals
The result of the investigation will be announced to
the press, she said.
Chief of the Office of the Ministry of Public
Security To An Xo said the ministry’s leaders had ordered the provincial
public security force to verify information on the case and work with the
company and units concerned.
The ministry’s units were also assigned to work with
the Japanese side to collect relevant evidence and documents.
Xo emphasised that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
had required relevant agencies to urgently clarify the allegation, and
strictly punish violations if any, thus creating a transparent and fair
environment for investment and business while preventing tax evasion.
Tenma Vietnam is a subsidiary of Japan’s plastic
product maker Tenma Corporation.
The case came into the spotlight when Japanese media
including Asahi Shimbun newspaper, Kyodo news agency and Nikkei, reported
that Tenma Vietnam gave a bribe of 25 million JPY (232,000 USD) to several
Vietnamese officials to avoid paying corporate income tax and import tax./.