Vietnam : HCM City People’s Court postpones appeal trial on case involving fake medicine imports

At the appeals trial, 12 defendants and nearly 200 individuals were summoned but, because many of them were absent, the court postponed the trial until March 9. On October 1, 2019, the HCM City People’s Court sentenced Nguyễn Minh Hùng, former VN Pharma General Director, to 17 years in prison, and Võ Mạnh Cường, former H&C International Maritime Trading Co. Ltd Director, to 20 years in prison for “allegedly manufacturing and trading counterfeit medicines”.
Eleven other defendants who were involved in the case received sentences from three to 20 years in prison.
After the first-instance verdict, defendant Hùng did not appeal. However, defendant Võ Mạnh Cường appealed, saying he did not play a mastermind role as mentioned in the first-instance verdict. From 2013 to 2014, the former VN Pharma General Director ordered the former H&C International Maritime Trading Co. Ltd Director to buy imported medicine allegedly manufactured by Canada’s Helix Pharmaceuticals Company and supply the medicines to Vietnamese hospitals.

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