Hanoi’s ex-mayor jailed for stealing state documents

12 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

HANOI: Hanoi’s former mayor, a key backer of Vietnam’s delayed Formula One Grand Prix, was jailed for five years on Friday for stealing state documents, casting further clouds over the troubled race, reports AFP.

Nguyen Duc Chung, who was arrested for corruption in August, was convicted and sentenced after a four-hour closed trial in Hanoi, state media said.

Chung was a major supporter of Vietnam’s inaugural F1 race, which was due to be held in Hanoi in April but was postponed because of the coronavirus, and later cancelled.