Last update 2/12/2012 4:37:00 AM (GMT+7)

Hai Phong to follow PM’s decision on land protest

VietNamNet BridgeHai Phong city’s People’s Committee plans to carry out the Prime Minister’s directives on the Tien Lang land protest by March 30.

PM concludes Tien Lang officials wrong in eviction

Yesterday morning, Hai Phong held a meeting to discuss Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s directives about the case in which 49-year-old farmer Doan Van Vuon acted violently against Tien Lang District authorities’ decision to reclaim more than 40 hectares of land allocated to him in 1993.

According to the premier’s directives, which were announced on Friday, Tien Lang authorities had violated the Law on Land and their decision against Vuon would be revoked.

At the meeting, Duong Anh Dien, chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, set up a team led by his deputy Do Trung Thoai to execute the PM’s directives.

Dien ordered Tien Lang District authorities to revoke all of their decisions related to the repossession of Vuon’s land and enable him to continue to use the land according to the law.

Dien also urged relevant agencies to complete their investigation of the destruction of Vuon’s house to prosecute those involved.

At the same time, Vuon and his relatives would still be charged with “attempted murder and acting against law enforcement officers on duty.”

As reported earlier, Vuon and his relatives planted homemade mines and shot injured 6 police officers who executed the forced removal decision on his land on January 5. One day later, Vuon’s house was destroyed and several local officials are now suspected of ordering the demolition.

But Dien said in prosecuting Vuon and his family, authorities would consider mitigating factors because their armed protest stemmed from district authorities’ illegal action.

Later on the same day, the city authorities issued decisions to validate the suspension of two Tien Lang District officials for their wrongdoings in reclaiming Vuon’s land.

These suspensions were publicized several days ago.

The officers are Le Van Hien, chairman of Tien Lang District’s People’s Committee, and Nguyen Van Khanh, one of Hien’s deputies.

The city’s Party Committee also suspended Hien from his post as deputy secretary of the district’s Party Committee.

VietNamNet/Tuoi Tre