UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Vietnam has jailed high-profile former government officials for corruption.
A court sentenced Dinh La Thang, a former politburo member, to 13 years in prison on Monday, Jan. 22.
Meanwhile, Trinh Xuan Thanh, a former executive of state oil company PetroVietnam, was sentenced to life in prison for embezzlement.
Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping Thanh in Berlin where he was seeking asylum, saying he was thrown into a car by armed men last year.
The charges relate to mismanagement of PetroVietnam that, according to Reuters, resulted in losses totaling $5 million.
Another 20 people received sentences on Monday in connection with the scandal, ranging from three years suspended to nine years in prison according to the BBC.
The sentences are part of the Communist Party’s corruption crackdown that critics say is also being used to oust officials loyal to former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.