Death penalty sought for ex-chairman of PetroVietnam

Nguyen Xuan Son, former chairman of PetroVietnam, appears in a court in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Aug 28, 2017. (Doan Tan/Vietnam News Agency via AP)

HANOI: Prosecutors in Vietnam on Thursday said they were seeking the death sentence in an embezzlement case against a former chairman of state energy firm PetroVietnam, as the communist country steps up one of its biggest corruption crackdowns.

Some high-ranking political officials have been punished as investigations widen into PetroVietnam and the banking sector, with dozens of banking and energy officials facing trial on charges such as embezzlement, mismanagement and abuse of power.

In a statement, the Supreme People's Procuracy of Vietnam said it had sought a death sentence for the former chairman, Nguyen Xuan Son, on charges that include wrongdoing with serious economic consequences and abuse of power to usurp assets.

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