Vietnamese authorities arrested Luu Binh Nhuong, a distinguished parliamentary official, on Tuesday for suspected involvement in an extortion scheme. The Police Investigation Company of Thai Binh Province disclosed that Nhuong is beneath investigation for the alleged crime of taking property beneath Article 170 of the Penal Code of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
The arrest follows a call by the Police Investigation Company of Thai Binh Province to prosecute Nhuong, accompanied by an order for his short-term detention and a search warrant for each his residence and office. Based on Thai Binh Provincial Police, the case includes the misappropriation of a considerable amount of cash.
Nhuong served as a delegate of the 14th Nationwide Meeting of Vietnam from 2016 to 2021, representing the delegation of Ben Tre province. He held key positions, together with a place on the Nationwide Meeting’s Committee on Social Points and deputy head of the Vietnamese Nationwide Meeting’s Folks’s Committee. Nhuong additionally served because the vice chairman of the Vietnam-Switzerland Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Nhuong has been critical of each authorities officers and the Vietnamese safety forces. In July 2021, Nhuong addressed the problem of corruption, emphasizing the necessity for higher transparency and public participation in supervision. He raised issues concerning the lack of safety for whistleblowers and the challenges related to denouncing superior leaders inside organizations.
UN Particular Rapporteur on the correct to improvement, Surya Deva, has expressed concerns about freedom of speech in Vietnam, stating that “lively, free, and significant participation of individuals in decision-making processes could also be tough” beneath present circumstances.