jailed for Vietnam baby fraud
BBC News, 29th
Vietnamese have been sentenced to jail for arranging more than 300
fraudulent adoptions, an official said.
six were jailed for two to four-and-a-half years for "abuse of
power", court official Nguyen Tien Hung said.
those convicted were two heads of provincial welfare centres, doctors,
nurses and local officials.
were found to have filed false papers to allow babies from poor families
to be adopted, many by parents in France, Italy and the US.
other people received suspended sentences of 15 to 18 months.
came from the province of Nam Dinh, south of Hanoi.
falsified papers said the babies had been abandoned, making them
eligible for adoption by foreign parents, the prosecutors said.
group was operating from 2005 to July 2008, when the two key suspects
case came to light last year after the US embassy in Hanoi accused
Vietnam of failing to police its adoption system, allowing corruption,
fraud and baby-selling to flourish.
US report led Vietnam to end a bilateral adoption agreement.
from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2009/09/29 08:56:38 GMT
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