Hiệp even told the court that he would often carry large amounts of cash with him, sometimes up to US$300,000, to bribe people whenever Phan Quốc Việt, former general director of Việt Á Company, told him to do so. "I received $100,000 from Phan Quốc Việt and around $75,000 from Phạm Duy Tuyến, former director of Hải Dương CDC," said Thăng. Regarding the charge of taking bribes, he said he received a small gift from Phan Quốc Việt but he was unaware of the $200,000 put in the gift. "I knew taking money from a company is illegal, so I decided to return it to Việt after my business trip. He also claimed that after the license, Phan Quốc Việt tried to seek favour from him but he stood to the rules.
Mar 21 2023