Vietnam jails 2 ex-ministers over COVID-19 test kits scandal

A court in Vietnam jailed two former cabinet ministers on Friday (Jan 12) and found dozens of officials guilty of bribery and mismanagement for their roles in a coronavirus test kit scandal, the ministry of public security said.

Former Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long was sentenced to 18 years in prison for taking bribes worth US$2.25 million, while Chu Ngoc Anh, former science and technology minister, was jailed for three years for mismanagement, the security ministry said in a statement.

At the heart of the scandal was a private medical firm called Viet A Technology Corp, which was accused of colluding with officials to produce coronavirus test kits for the state health system that were sold at inflated prices.

Love to see explicit call-outs of corruption.