2 more arrested in Vietnam traffic cops’ bribery case

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Two more suspects people have been taken into custody as police expanded their investigation into a bribery case involved several traffic officers in the central highlands province of Dak Nong.
Nguyen Trong Toan, 50, owner of a transport company, and Nguyen Xuan Trung, 45, manager of a gas station, were being investigated on charge of paying bribes to officials, Tien Phong newspaper has reported.
They were suspected of bribing several Dak Nong traffic inspectors who operated a local weigh station so the latter would allow overloaded trucks to pass through, according to police’s initial findings.
Police said they have found documents showing money being wired to several officers’ bank accounts at the amount of VND5-15 million (US$230-690) each.
Last October police arrested Le Dinh Trong, 40, head of the weigh station, on suspicions of accepting bribes.
Trong’s deputy, Nguyen Tan Man, faced the same charge, but he leapt to death at a local police station, after an interrogation. Police said before his suicide, the officer confessed that he had accepted VND20 million ($940) in kickbacks.
Investigation is continued.

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