Energy and banking firms are at the heart of a sweeping crackdown on corruption in the communist state, a campaign that made global headlines this year when Germany accused Vietnam of kidnapping a Vietnamese businessman in Berlin.

The troubled, partly private Dong A Bank is among several lenders under scrutiny of the authorities who say they want to tackle corruption, including abuse of power and violation of lending rules.

“The Investigation Police Department of the Ministry of Public Security is urgently investigating the case,” police said in a statement.

“Abuse of trust to appropriate assets, deliberate violation of state regulations on economic management that led to serious consequences and the violation of lending provisions ... occurred at Dong A Commercial Joint Stock Bank (DAB),” police said.

The five former officials were banned from leaving their homes, police said.

Dong A Bank said it would respond to a Reuters request for comment later in the day.

Among the five is Tran Phuong Binh, the bank’s former chief executive officer, who was arrested in 2016 along with four other executives.

The central bank, the State Bank of Vietnam, had placed Dong A Bank under special supervision in 2015 “for violations in financial management and credit grants” by some executives.

The ministry of public security said in a statement on Friday that 17 people have been arrested in the Dong A Bank fraud case.

Reuters - November 24, 2017