The People’s Court upheld the verdict handed down at the first-instance trial in the VN Pharma case involving the “manufacturing and trading of counterfeit medicine”. At the first-instance trial that concluded in October, Nguyễn Minh Hùng, former general director of Việt Nam Pharma Joint Stock Company (VN Pharma), was sentenced to 17 years in prison, and Võ Mạnh Cường, former director of H&C International Maritime Trading Co., Ltd, to 20 years.
The remaining 10 defendants were sentenced from three to 12 years in prison. Hùng did not appeal after the first-instance trial but seven of the 12 defendants in the case, including Cường, filed an appeal against the verdict reached at the first-instance trial. Cường said he did not play a mastermind role as mentioned in the first-instance verdict and that he did not know that the medicines were fake. The city’s People’s Procuracy, however, rejected the contention, saying Cường directly contacted people who made fake medicines and asked for permission to import the batch of fake medicines.
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