Vietnam sentences former official to 13 years jail amid corruption crackdown: state media

January 22, 2018

HANOI (Reuters) – A court in Vietnam sentenced a former politburo member to 13 years in prison on Monday for violating state regulations amid a widespread corruption crackdown, the state-run Voice of Vietnam reported.

Dinh La Thang, a former chairman of state oil and gas group PetroVietnam, is the most senior politician to be charged in decades.

The court also sentenced high-profile official Trinh Xuan Thanh, whom Germany said Vietnamese agents kidnapped in a Berlin park, to life in prison. They were among a group of more than 20 oil executives facing trial.

(This story has been refiled to correct day in lead to Monday, not Thursday)

(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by James Pearson and Paul Tait)

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