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French footballer Ribery charged in under-age sex probe

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

France international footballers Frank Ribery and Karim Benzema were charged with having had sex with an under-age prostitute Tuesday, as magistrates cracked down on an alleged celebrity vice ring.


The indictments are the first stage of a formal judicial investigation that could lead to a trial and, if convicted, both players face up to three years in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros (58,000 dollars).


Ribery, who plays for German giants Bayern Munich, arrived at the offices of the investigating magistrates at the Palace of Justice in Paris in handcuffs, according to several witnesses, but he was freed without preconditions after the hearing.


Ribery’s lawyer Sophie Bottai expressed surprise at the charge.


“The only thing that’s new since the last time he was questioned is that the World Cup is over and he played badly,” she told reporters, confirming that her client’s 22-year-old brother-in-law had also been charged.

French footballer Franck Ribery, seen here arriving for questioning at a police station in Paris, was placed under formal judicial investigation Tuesday on allegations he had sex with an under-age prostitute, a judicial official told AFP

The counsel for Real Madrid striker Benzema was not immediately available for comment.


Ribery has never denied having paid for sex with the young woman at the centre of the scandal, 18-year-old blonde party girl Zahia Dehar, but his lawyer told reporters that he had had no idea in 2008 that she was under-age.


“There’s not a single element of physical proof,” she said. “This woman told them she was of age, was all made up, dressed up, appeared very switched on.”


The players appeared before investigating magistrate Andre Dando after having been detained by vice squad officers and questioned for six hours on a charge of having “solicited an under-age prostitute.”


The players were detained at the request of the magistrate, who is probing claims that a Champs Elysees nightclub gave clients access to minors working as call girls.


Ribery, 27, was a member of France’s ill-fated World Cup squad, which went out in the first round at this month’s tournament in South Africa. He did not score and his performance was seen as disappointing.


Benzema, 22, was not chosen for this year’s French team despite playing in much of the World Cup qualifying campaign.


Dehar is now 18 years and four months old. She has been questioned by police and gave a tell-all interview to the news and gossip weekly Paris Match after the scandal erupted.


She described selling sexual encounters to Ribery in 2009 and to Benzema in 2008, while she was underage, and with a third French player, 30-year-old Panathinaikos winger Sidney Govou, in March, when she was an adult.


Dehar has said the players did not know she was a minor. In France the general age of consent is 15 years, but in the case of prostitution a young person remains legally a minor until he or she reaches 18.


Secretary of state for urban policies, Fadela Amara, said the episode set a poor example for French youth.


“It is not a good image of a man to give to the youth of France,” Amara said in an interview with French news channel iTele. “I am sorry to see a man like Ribery find himself in such a terrible, catastrophic situation.”


Adult prostitution is in itself legal in France, but pimping, solicitation and running organised vice networks are outlawed.

The footballers became caught up in the investigation after detectives probing allegations of a vice ring bugged the Zaman Cafe, an expensive nightspot just off Paris’s most glamorous street, the Champs Elysees.

Four people — including the owner of the club, a waiter who worked there and a man suspected of pimping call girls to celebrities and sportsmen — have been placed under formal judicial investigation and could face trial.

The club itself has been closed down by an administrative order.

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Man charged in boat crash near Statue of Liberty

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm

A New Jersey man was charged with vehicular manslaughter after a boat crash near the Statue of Liberty that killed a groom-to-be and injured two other men.


New York City police said 39-year-old Richard Aquilone of Jersey City, N.J., was out on the water Friday evening with his wife, their 2-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 2 and 3, when their 30-foot boat hit a smaller craft.


Police said Jijo Puthuvamkunnath, 30, of Bergenfield, N.J., and two friends were in the 17-foot boat anchored off Liberty Island that was struck by Aquilone.


Puthuvamkunnath was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of head injuries. His two friends, both also 30, were treated for minor injuries.

In this July 2, 2010 image taken from video and released by WCBS-TV in New York, rescue teams respond to a fatal boat accident near the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

No one on the larger boat was injured.


Aquilone was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter, operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.


He was arraigned on the charges Saturday. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Aquilone pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $50,000. She did not know the name of his attorney.


Puthuvamkunnath was due to marry his girlfriend, Sissy Chacko, on Aug. 28, said his aunt Aleyamma Varughese, who answered the phone at Puthuvamkunnath’s home Saturday.


“He was a very, very wonderful young man,” Varughese said. “He was loved by everybody.”

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Two charged in ‘jihad’ plot against Americans

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

NEW YORK (AFP) – Two men were in US police custody Monday charged with conspiracy to kill American troops abroad in what has been described by officials as the nation’s latest terror probe.

File photo shows US soldiers on patrol in the international Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. AFP photo

Mohamed Alessa, 20, and Carlos Almonte, 24, were detained late Saturday at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport as they sought to board planes to Egypt, with plans to travel on to Somalia, justice officials said.


They were accused of hatching a plot to commit “murder, kidnapping and maiming” of US citizens “at a place outside the United States,” according to a criminal complaint filed in a US court in the northeastern state of New Jersey.


Authorities said the men were caught as part of an undercover operation that spanned some three-and-a-half years, after being tipped off by an informant through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website.


The arrests follow a spate of failed attacks on US soil, including an attempted car bombing in Times Square by a Pakistani-born American on May 3 and the failed Christmas Day bombing of an airliner over Detroit by a Nigerian with explosives in his underwear.


An affidavit filed ahead of Saturday’s arrests said the two men were planning to go to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab, an organization of several thousand fighters with ties to Al-Qaeda.


They men had trained in “various hand-to-hand fighting tactics,” as well as in the simulated use of weapons, according to an affidavit from an FBI agent investigating the case, Samuel Robinson.


They also were secretly recorded making statements “promoting violent jihad.”


“The defendants discussed in substance and in part, violent jihadist groups operating in Somalia,” Robinson wrote.


The Newark Star Ledger newspaper said both men were US citizens who grew up going to school in United States.


In a partial transcript of one of the wiretaps, Alessa is quoted as saying to Almonte and to an undercover agent in November 2009: “A lot of people need to get killed… My soul cannot rest until I shed blood. I want to be the world’s (best) known terrorist.”


Regarding the US troops overseas, Almonte was quoted as saying: “I just want the troops to come back home safely and cozily.”


“In body bags — in caskets,” Alessa said. “In caskets,” Almonte agreed.


“Sliced up in a thousand pieces, cozy in the grave, in hell,” added Alessa.


According to the affidavit, Alessa also referred in one conversation to Major Nidal Hasan, the army psychiatrist charged in the November 5 shooting that left 13 people dead at the Fort Hood base in Texas.


“He’s not better than me — I’ll do twice what he did,” Alessa boasted.


The document said Almonte gave the undercover agent money to deposit in a bank that he could access from overseas, so he could have funds while in Somalia. He gave him a total of 4,000 dollars in April and 4,100 in June.


The affidavit said Almonte and Alessa traveled together in February 2007 to Jordan, and that a search of their luggage by US customs officials prior to their departure found three Camelbak hydration systems of the type used by athletes training for endurance events, flashlights and camouflage clothing.


According to the Star Ledger, Mary Laboeria, a neighbor who lives three doors down from Almonte said she was surprised by the alleged ties to terrorism.


“I’m shocked. He graduated in our school system,” she told the paper. “It really hurts. We don’t need it.”


Around the time of the arrests, the homes of both men were searched by FBI agents, who carted away boxes of evidence, according to the daily.


The two men have been under FBI surveillance since 2006, officials said.


An undercover officer from the New York Police Department recorded many meetings and conversations with them, during which they discussed their plans.

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New York security toughens as bomb suspect charged

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm

NEW YORK, May 5 (AFP) – New Yorkers faced tougher, more visible security measures as the arrest of a Pakistani-American in connection with the Times Square bomb plot and a widening global investigation kept the city on edge.


“We always have to be vigilant because in the eyes of a terrorist, New York is America and they want to kill us,” city police commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday as the suspect faced charges of international terrorism in the attempted car bombing of New York’s Times Square.


On the subway system, police searched the bags of riders entering some stations Tuesday.

The mailbox at the home of Faisal Shahzad is seen on May 4, 2010 in Bridgeport, CT. AFP photo

More officers than usual were also stationed outside One Police Plaza, the police headquarters blocks from the federal courthouse.


The suspect charged, Faisal Shahzad, 30, allegedly drove a Nissan SUV crammed with a large, but malfunctioning bomb into Manhattan’s busiest neighborhood last Saturday, as thousands flocked to theaters and other tourist attractions.


He was arrested in a dramatic scene at John F. Kennedy Airport just before midnight Monday when his Emirates Airline flight was preparing to take off for Dubai.


The arrest came 53 hours after police found the homemade bomb literally smoldering in the SUV parked outside a theater staging “The Lion King” musical. The teeming Times Square district was evacuated and a huge manhunt got under way.


On Tuesday, Shahzad underwent interrogation about alleged links in the plot to Pakistan. The criminal charges allege that he attended “bomb-making training” in Pakistan’s Wazirstan region prior to the attack.


Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad, a naturalized US citizen, had admitted involvement in the bomb attempt.


FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said the suspect, seen in photographs as a fresh-faced, lightly bearded man, was cooperating and “provided valuable intelligence and evidence.”


However Shahzad, born in Pakistan and made a US citizen only last year, did not appear before a judge Tuesday as expected. He has not yet entered a plea.


Officials gave no reason for the delay.


A 10-page criminal complaint filed Tuesday accuses the Connecticut resident of attempting “to use a weapon of mass destruction” to kill people in the crowded center of New York on Saturday.


He also faced four other charges — attempting to kill people in the United States through international terrorism, carrying a destructive device, transporting explosives and attempting to destroy a building.


If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.


One of the most serious aspects of the case, according to officials, are possible ties between Shahzad’s alleged plot and Islamist militants in his family homeland of Pakistan.


In Karachi, security officials said they had detained two people who had been called from Shahzad’s telephone.


A Pakistani official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pair were relatives of the New York suspect, although they themselves were not being accused of having direct links to the car bomb attempt.


According to the US criminal complaint, Shahzad admitted “after his arrest that he had received bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan.”


The alleged visit to the Al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold presumably occurred during a five-month trip the complaint says Shahzad made to Pakistan, returning February 3 without his wife.


He told immigration officials on return to United States that he’d been visiting his parents, the complaint said.


President Barack Obama praised police for their swift work.


“This incident is another sobering reminder of the times in which we live,” Obama said, adding: “We will not be terrorized, we will not cower in fear.”


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed that militants would fail to intimidate “the greatest city in the world” and also warned he would not tolerate any backlash against local Muslims or Pakistanis.


All night after Shahzad’s arrest, the FBI searched his home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, hauling belongings into the street and marking evidence with yellow tags.


According to security officials, the bomb would have created a “fireball” and “mayhem” had it gone off.


But it was also so poorly constructed that it failed to go off, gifting detectives a mass of evidence, ranging from the car itself, the bomb, and even house keys left in the vehicle.


“That smoking car turned into the smoking gun that led to the capture of Faisal Shahzad, who allegedly put a bullseye on Times Square,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said.


What remains unclear is how Shahzad, by then one of the most wanted men in America, managed to buy a ticket, clear passport control and board an airplane at JFK on Monday.


Officials on Tuesday denied he could have got away.


“I was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him,” Holder said.


New York has been on constant watch since the September 11, 2001 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, killing almost 3,000 people.


So far, the only group to claim responsibility for the would-be bombing is the Pakistani militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban. US officials quickly dismissed the credibility of the claim.

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NY bomber charged with terrorism, Pakistan links

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 8:37 am

NEW YORK (AFP) – A Pakistani-American man was charged with international terrorism in the attempted car bombing of New York’s Times Square after he was captured aboard a plane about to leave the country.


Faisal Shahzad, 30, is alleged to be the man who drove a Nissan SUV crammed with a large, but malfunctioning bomb into Manhattan’s busiest neighborhood last Saturday, as thousands flocked to theaters and other tourist attractions.

An image of terror suspect Faisal Shahzad is seen on a TV screen (AFP photo)

He was arrested in a dramatic scene at John F. Kennedy Airport just before midnight Monday when his Emirates Airline flight was preparing to take off for Dubai.


The arrest came 53 hours after police found the homemade bomb literally smoldering in the SUV parked outside a theater staging “The Lion King” musical. The teeming Times Square district was evacuated and a huge manhunt got underway.


On Tuesday, Shahzad underwent interrogation about alleged links in the plot to Pakistan. The criminal charges allege that he attended “bomb-making training” in Pakistan’s Wazirstan region prior to the attack.


Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad, a naturalized US citizen, admitted involvement in the bomb attempt.


FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said the suspect, seen in photographs as a fresh-faced, lightly bearded man, was cooperating and had “provided valuable intelligence and evidence.”


However Shahzad, born in Pakistan and made a US citizen only last year, did not appear before a judge Tuesday as expected. He has not yet entered a plea.


Officials gave no reason for the delay.


The 10-page criminal complaint filed Tuesday accuses the Connecticut resident of attempting “to use a weapon of mass destruction” to kill people in the crowded center of New York on Saturday.


He also faced four other charges — attempting to kill people in the United States through international terrorism, carrying a destructive device, transporting explosives and attempting to destroy a building.


If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.


One of the most serious aspects of the case, according to officials, are possible ties between Shahzad’s alleged plot and Islamist militants in his family homeland of Pakistan.


In Karachi, security officials said they had detained two people who had been called from Shahzad’s telephone.


A Pakistani official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pair were relatives of the New York suspect, although they themselves were not being accused of having direct links to the car bomb attempt.


According to the US criminal complaint, Shahzad admitted “after his arrest that he had received bomb-making traiing in Waziristan, Pakistan.”


The alleged visit to the Al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold presumably occurred during a five-month trip the complaint says Shahzad made to Pakistan, returning February 3 without his wife.


He told immigration officials on return to United States that he’d been visiting his parents, the complaint said.


President Barack Obama praised police for their swift work.


“This incident is another sobering reminder of the times in which we live,” Obama said, adding: “We will not be terrorized, we will not cower in fear.”


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed that militants would fail to intimidate “the greatest city in the world” and also warned he would not tolerate any backlash against local Muslims or Pakistanis.


All night after Shahzad’s arrest, the FBI searched his home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, hauling belongings into the street and marking evidence with yellow tags.


Officials said Tuesday he was talking. Initially they used a little-known law to delay reading him his Miranda rights, which permit a suspect to remain silent and not incriminate himself.


According to security officials, the bomb would have created a “fireball” and “mayhem” had it gone off.


But it was also so poorly constructed that it failed to go off, gifting detectives a mass of evidence, ranging from the car itself, the bomb, and even house keys left in the vehicle.


What remains unclear is how Shahzad, by then one of the most wanted men in America, managed to buy a ticket, clear passport control and board an airplane at JFK on Monday.


Officials on Tuesday denied he could have got away.


“I was never in any fear that we were in danger of losing him,” Holder said.


Janet Napolitano, secretary of homeland security, told journalists that Shahzad was on a no-fly list and that even if the plane had taken off there were powers “to order the plane to turn around and come back.”


New York has been on constant watch since the September 11, 2001 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, killing almost 3,000 people.


So far, the only group to claim responsibility for the would-be bombing is the Pakistani militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban. US officials quickly dismissed the credibility of the claim.

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Total charged with graft in Iraqi oil-for-food programme

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 9:07 am

French oil giant Total said Tuesday it has been charged with corruption and influence-peddling relating to the United Nations’ Iraqi oil-for-food programme of the 1990s.

A French Total refinery

A French judge decided on February 27 to charge the company and several other defendants despite a prosecutor’s request that the investigation be dropped.


Total lawyer Jean Veil told AFP the oil firm is accused of corruption, complicity to deal in stolen property and influence peddling in connection with the UN programme that ran from 1996 to 2003.


“The judge made this decision against all expectations,” said Veil.


Paris prosecutors in September had asked that all charges be dropped against former interior minister Charles Pasqua and Total chief executive Christophe de Margerie but said 11 other suspects should stand trial.


Launched in 1996, the 64-billion-dollar oil-for-food programme was designed to allow Iraq, then under crippling international sanctions, to sell limited quantities of oil to buy humanitarian supplies.


But the programme was plagued with mismanagement and corruption involving UN employees and more than 2,000 firms from some 60 countries.


In 2002 a French investigation targeted several officials who allegedly received rights to purchase barrels of oil from former president Saddam Hussein’s regime at discount prices.


Les Echos financial newspaper reported that Total is accused of paying bribes to Iraqi officials to gain access to oil supplies sold under the UN programme.


France’s biggest-earning firm, Total has rejected the accusations, insisting that it acted in strict accordance with the rules of the UN programme.


 

Source: SGGP

Nigerian charged with trying to blow up US airliner

In World on December 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm

US investigators on Sunday tried to piece together terrorism connections of a Nigerian man who has been charged with attempting to blow up a US jetliner after reportedly confessing that he had been trained by Al-Qaeda in Yemen.


Airport security was stepped up worldwide after the botched Christmas Day terror attack as British police raided premises where the suspect, the son of a wealthy Nigerian businessman, was thought to have lived while studying at a London university.


Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was arraigned Saturday at the US hospital where he was being treated for burns sustained while trying to bring down a Northwest Airlines plane with 290 people on board.


Judge Paul Borman read the charges against him during a 20-minute hearing. Reporters allowed to witness the event said Abdulmutallab was handcuffed to a wheelchair and sported bandages on both wrists and parts of his hands.








An Airport policeman and his bomb-sniffing dog Spencer patrol at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device Abdulmutallab used “contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a high explosive,” the charge sheet said.


The explosive material was allegedly sewn into Abdulmutallab’s underwear, and was not detected by airport security, ABC News reported.


Abdulmutallab confessed that he had mixed a syringe full of chemicals with powder taped to his leg to try to blow up the Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight, according to senior officials quoted by US media.


Officials now believe tragedy was averted only because the makeshift detonator failed to work properly, ABC News said.


Other law enforcement officials quoted by ABC News and NBC said the suspect also said that Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen trained him, and told him on how to carry out the attack. Related article: Bomb suspect’s link to Yemen


The failed attack “shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism at all times,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.


However, questions mounted whether security at major airports inside and outside the United States was adequate, despite all the recent upgrades. Related article: Airports step up security


The attack, which sparked alarm and fear among the 279 passengers and 11 crew aboard the Airbus A330, had echoes of British-born Richard Reid‘s botched “shoe-bomb” attempt almost eight years ago to the day.


British police searched addresses in London, including an upscale mansion flat where the suspect is believed to have lived while studying mechanical engineering at University College London (UCL) between 2005 and 2008. Related article: Suspect is linked to Britain


Abdulmutallab’s father, Umaru Mutallab, was so worried about his son’s religious extremism that he contacted the US embassy in Abuja to express his concern in November, a US official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.


The official said Abdulmutallab had been added to a broad terrorism watchlist, but was not flagged for mandatory secondary screening or put on a no-fly list. Profile: Flight terror suspect the scion of wealthy Nigerian


US Senator Joseph Lieberman questioned how Abdulmutallab could have still avoided US attention.


Meanwhile the hero of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, Dutch video producer and director Jasper Schuringa, was achieving cult status on the Internet for tackling the would-be bomber and helping the crew to restrain him. Profile: Dutch hero


Schuringa told CNN he had jumped over the passenger next to him and lunged onto Abdulmutallab’s seat as the suspect held a burning object between his legs.

“I pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away,” said Schuringa, adding that he stripped off the suspect’s clothes to check for explosives before a crew member helped handcuff him.

“My hands are pretty burned. I am fine,” said Schuringa, who within a day of the attack already had four Facebook sites dedicated in his honor with new members signing up in droves.

The White House and US lawmakers called the incident a terror attack. President Barack Obama, vacationing in Hawaii with his family, ordered security measures to be increased at airports and held a conference call with his security team.

The Department of Homeland Security said it implemented additional flight screening measures, and urged holiday travelers to remain vigilant.

Dutch anti-terrorism officials stressed that proper procedures had been followed on their end of the Northwest Airlines flight, and that US authorities had cleared the flight for departure.

Checks were tightened Saturday at major world airports, including in Paris, Rome and London, but US officials said there were no immediate plans to elevate the nation’s aviation threat level from orange to red, its most severe status.


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MSG-maker charged with 10 violations

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2008 at 12:40 pm

DONG NAI — Dong Nai Province-based monosodium glutamate (MSG) maker Vedan Viet Nam has been charged with 10 violations of environmental and water resource regulations as well as evading waste water fee payments for the past 14 years totalling VND91.8 billion (US$ 5.74 million).


Luong Duy Hanh, director of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) ‘ s Environment Protection Department, announced the violations at a press briefing last Friday where the Taiwanese-invested company agreed to sign a report admitting the offences.


A ministry report accuses Vedan factories producing starch, MSG and lysine dumped 50 to 5,000 cu.m of untreated waste water a day, ten times more than the permitted level.


Jurisdiction of the case would be transferred to MNRE for a proposed administrative fine of VND127-130 million, said Hanh.


Pending ministry approval, inspectors may propose the Dong Nai Province People’s Committee suspend Vedan Viet Nam’s operations, he added.


Criminal charges would also be pressed against the company’s illegal construction of a covert wastewater system, Hanh said.


MNRE deputy minister Tran Hong Ha said the further inspections are underway and a decision on prosecution will be announced after assembling sufficient evidence.


For its part, Vedan Viet Nam vice board chairman K.H.Yang admitted the company’s many infractions when dumping untreated wastewater into the Thi Vai River and gave it apologies to the public and society.


He said Vedan Viet Nam had already lowered output by 10-20 per cent.


Yang asked his company be allowed to continue operations while seeking solutions to tackle the environmental repercussions.


He said wastewater treatment system would be expanded by mid-October at the latest and there would be more equipment to handle any subsequent environmental pollution. —

Eleven charged with illegal logging in Khe Dien forest

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2008 at 5:49 pm

QUANG NAM — Eleven people are being charged for destroying the Khe Dien forest in Que Son District in the central province of Quang Nam, after provincial police investigations.


These people stand accused of co-operating to exploit illegally 670cu.m of timber from the Khe Dien forest.


The group includes state officials Ho Tan Son, vice chairman of the provincial party committee’s organisation board and former director of the Agriculture Department; Nguyen Xuan Thanh, former vice chairman of Que Son District’s People’s Committee; and Tran Hai Ha, former vice director of the forestry branch.


These people are accused of intentionally causing damage and violating regulations on forest protection.


The director of Ngoc Son company, Le Van Ngoc, is being prosecuted for violating regulations on forest protection and cheating.


Quang Nam police have completed their investigations and transferred the file to the provincial people’s procuracy.


To build the Khe Dien hydroelectricity plant in 2005, Quang Nam’s People’s Committee signed a decision to withdraw from more than 4.6 million sq.m of forest area in Que Phuoc, Que Ninh and Que Trung Communes of Que Son District.


The Committee also allowed Que Son district’s People’s Committee to exploit 12,717cu.m of timber from the designated forest area.


The Que Son’s People’s Committee then signed a contract with Ngoc Son company to exploit the timber. However, the company violated regulations by over exploiting and destroying the Khe Dien forest.


In March 2007, the provincial People Committee halted the timber exploitation and started the investigation. —