Tien Lang authorities inspect jailed farmer’s land use

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Tien Lang authorities inspect jailed farmer’s land use

The authorities of Tien Lang District, Hai Phong City, are inspecting the land use by Doan Van Vuon, a local farmer who has been detained after acting violently against an unlawful land withdrawal decision by the district government.

e A part of the land area that was allocated to Doan Van Vuon in 1993 and 1997 Photo: Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Thi Thuong, Vuon’s wife, of Vinh Quang Commune, told media that yesterday the district Inspectorate asked her for information related to Vuon’s use of the land that was allocated to her family in 1993 and 1997.

Thuong said she had requested that the inspectors directly work with Vuon since she did not know exactly what her husband had done in relation to the land.

The inspectors claimed that Vuon had randomly occupied 19.3 hectares of land, leased 3 hectares of his allocated land to others, and cleared some forests while he was using the land for aquaculture business.

The inspectors also alleged that Vuon had not paid land use fees to local authorities.

Vu Van Luan, secretary of the district Brackish Water Aquaculture Association , said Thuong had authorized him in writing to act as her representative to deal with the inspection team, but the commune authorities had not certified her letter of authorization.

Luan said that Vuon’s occupation of 19.3 hectares had long been resolved by local authorities.


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung speaks at February 10 meeting with relevant agencies to address the land confict in Tien Lang District (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

As for the other issues that were raised by the inspectors, Luan and other persons concerned had provided the authorities with evidence showing they had committed no wrongdoings, Luan said.

“As the Prime Minister has given a conclusion about the land conflict related to Vuon, why and for what purpose have the local authorities launched such an inspection?” Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper quoted Luan as saying.

As earlier reported, in the February 10 meeting to resolve the case, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung concluded that district authorities had violated the Law on Land in reclaiming Vuon’s land and ordered the district to revoke all of their decisions and return the land to Vuon.

Meanwhile, Dan Duc Hiep, standing deputy chairman of the Hai Phong City People’s Committee, yesterday said the inspection was directed by the city authorities and the Party Committee and that the inspection results will be announced within the month.


Vuon' s house was totally demolished allegedly by Tien Lang authoritiers on January 6, 2012 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

Today a working team set up by city authorities will work with several aquaculture breeders in Tien Lang to review the land management and use situation, Hiep said.

As reported earlier, 49-year-old Doan Van Vuon acted violently against the Tien Lang District authorities’ decision to withdraw 40 hectares of land allocated to him. Vuon reacted aggressively against those carrying out the forced removal, causing injury to 6 police officers on January 5, 2012. One day later, district authorities allegedly destroyed his house.

For their violent resistance, Vuon and three other members of his family have been arrested and prosecuted on charges of attempted murder and resisting law enforcement officers, while two other members, including Vuon’s wife, were charged with resisting law enforcement officers, but have been released on bail.

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