The defendant asked to speak twice, but the court said the matter is under investigation and should be addressed at a separate trial.
A former lawmaker who is on trial for housing fraud was silenced twice by a Hanoi court today as she was attempting to answer a question about a $1.The 5 million bribes she allegedly paid to get a seat in the Legislative Assembly.
Ms. Chau Thi Thu Nga, 52 years old, and also the president and general director of real estate company Housing Group based in Hanoi, is accused of defrauding hundreds of potential home buyers with the amount of 377 billion dong. 16 US dollars).6 million) through an unlicensed property in Hanoi's Cau Dien District.
Russia was arrested in January 2015 after complaints from potential buyers who paid deposits between 2009 and 2013.An investigation revealed that the project had not been licensed.
In a hearing that opened on Monday and is expected to last 18 days, Nga said she used the money to pay salaries to employees, business partners, buy company cars and invest in investments. several projects, including some cinematic productions.
On Thursday, her defense attorney mentioned about $1.5 million that she told police she used to pay for her seat in the conference.
But when Nga tried to answer the question the court silenced her, saying that the recipient of the money was still being verified, Tuoi Tre reported.
The judge said the matter was part of a separate case and that no time should be wasted in the ongoing trial.
Nga then repeated the request to answer the question, but the judge ordered her to return to her seat.
Nine former executives at Nga's company are also accused of being her accomplices.
Nguyen Van Tuan, former Chairman and Director of another housing company in Hanoi that also invested in the project, was brought to trial in May last year but the court suspended the case pending investigation. to add.
The National Assembly, Vietnam's top legislative body, has about 500 members, 90% of whom are Communist Party members.
Arrests of serving lawmakers are rare.Before Russia, the two most recent arrests took place in 2005 and 2006.
In 2005, Le Minh Hoang, former Director of Ho Chi Minh City Electricity Company, was prosecuted for violations in importing electronic meters.He received a four-year prison sentence.
In 2006, Mac Kim Ton, director of Thai Binh province's education department, was arrested for abuse of power and sentenced to seven years in prison.
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