Embattled lawmaker holds illegal press conference
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National Assembly deputy Dang Thi Hoang Yen of Long An Province, whose eligibility for office is under scrutiny due to false declarations in her record, has unlawfully organized a press conference in her hometown, local authorities reported.
A scene of the press conference held by NA deputy Dang Thi Hoang Yen on April 21, 2012 Photo: VTC News
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The deputy, who is also chairwoman of the Tan Tao Group, Tan Duc Investment and Industry Joint Stock Company, and Tan Tao University, held the conference at the university on April 21, with the attendance of a number of mass media agencies, said the provincial Department of Information and Communications.
Yen held the press conference to provide the media with information and explanation related to her personal details.
The department is collecting more information on the illegal organization of the event and will give Yen an administrative penalty for her offense, said Le Van Bich, director of the department.
Under current regulations, the organizer of such an event must send a notice to the department so that the agency can consider whether the event is legal or not, Bich explained.
Meanwhile, Yen did not inform the department about the press conference and the agency only learned of it when it was reported by media outlets, Bich said.
As reported earlier, the 53-year-old deputy submitted an incorrect CV to concerned agencies when she was a candidate for the NA election in May 2011.
As stated in her profile, Yen is a candidate from outside the Communist Party of Vietnam, since she left blank the area in the form for “the date of admission to the Party, if any”, while many sources confirmed that she was actually a Party member in the past.
She also declared in her CV that her husband was Nguyen Tri Hai, who died in 1989, and did not mention her current husband, Jimmy Tran, from whom she sought a divorce at the provincial People's Court in July 2010, but she recently withdrew the petition after the court’s verdict on the divorce case was cancelled by the Supreme People’s Court.
Tran left Vietnam for the US on July 5, 2010, and on September 16, the Ministry of Public Security prosecuted him for “abusing trust to appropriate assets” when he was general director of the Vietnam Urban Development Joint Stock Company (Vietnam Land), located in the Tan Duc Industrial Park in Long An.