Vietnamese authorities accused a former information minister and his successor of taking more than US$3 million in bribes in exchange for signing and implementing a suspicious contract with state-owned telecom, MobiFone, local media reported on Tuesday.
A Chinese court sentenced a human rights activist to 12 years in prison for leaking state secrets while a Vietnamese court locked seven activists behind bars saying they “caused public disorder.”
Authorities at the Hanoi International Airport discovered 125 kg of rhino horns encased in plaster being smuggled through the airport, the state-sponsored Vietnam News Agency reported Saturday.
Transnational crime groups in Southeast Asia are growing increasingly aggressive and illicit businesses are generating massive growths in profit though the trafficking of drugs, people, counterfeit goods and other commodities, outlines a new United Nations report published Thursday.
Malaysian authorities have detained 123 Vietnamese fishermen in the first half of May in a campaign that Vietnamese press called Malaysia’s toughest move yet to curb illegal fishing.
Vietnamese customs has seized over nine tonnes of ivory found in a container shipment from the Republic of Congo, thought to be the largest ivory seizure in recorded history.
Six years after a Global Witness investigation revealed the illegal logging and massive land grabs behind Southeast Asia’s rubber industry, car companies and tire manufacturers around the world came together to take action on the environmental and human rights abuses involved in their business.
European officials have discovered illegal tiger farms operating in the Czech Republic and experts suspect other countries also house such facilities, thousands of miles away from where they had previously only thought they existed, the Guardian reported Monday.
Interpol called on Wednesday for more global cooperation in stemming theft, forgery, and illicit trafficking of cultural heritage after a symposium in Hanoi with Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security.
A group of Cambodian civil society organizations has petitioned the European Union to reconsider signing an agreement on timber trade with Vietnam, saying that the country has not done enough to stop the flow of illegally-cut Cambodian wood across its borders.
A Vietnamese court is expected to set precedent on Tuesday by determining who will bear financial responsibility in a record-setting fraud trial, Reuters reported Monday.
Vietnam sentenced the former general director of one of the country’s major banks to death on Friday following a lengthy trial of 51 officials and bankers involved in misappropriating US$ 69 million, according to Reuters.
Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner called on Monday for stronger measures in combating modern slavery of Vietnamese migrants who are increasingly exploited in nail bars, cannabis farms or as sexual workers.
Nearly a quarter of Asia's population had to pay a bribe to public servants last year, mostly to police officers, according to a landmark study Transparency International released Tuesday.
One of Vietnam’s biggest corruption trials began in Hanoi Monday with dozens of former bank executives facing jail time for corrupt practices which cost the bank VND 1.5 trillion (US$ 65.89 million) local media reported Monday.
A Vietnamese court sentenced on Wednesday two former executives of a state-owned firm to death for what local media estimates is the largest embezzlement scandal in the nation.
Vietnamese anti-corruption police arrested seven former members of TrustBank’s Credit Board for allegedly approving illegal loans causing approximately US$ 21 million in losses, state media reported Wednesday.
Cybercriminals tried to use fake transfer requests to steal more than US$ 1.1 million from a bank in Vietnam, a similar technique to that used to steal millions from the central bank of Bangladesh earlier this year.
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