Coal firm leaders detained for letting thieves in

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Leaders of a state-owned coal firm in northern Vietnam were detained Wednesday for accepting bribes to let people steal thousands of tons of coal from a mine in February.

Police have suggested charging Nguyen Viet Ngu, former director of Mao Khe Coal Company in Quang Ninh Province, and deputy director Tran Van Thien, with "irresponsibility."

Three other deputies, Nguyen Van Tuan, Uong Hong Hai and Pham Van Khoi, also faced the charge but were not arrested.

Ngu was sacked late last month, according to a decision by Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin), the country's top coal producer and parent company to Mao Khe.

The leaders make a total of 17 people from the company, including guards, who allegedly conspired to let thieves in during Tet.

Guard Nguyen Van Bao has volunteerly submitted VND30 million (US$1,580) that Le Khac Hung, head of the guard unit, gave him to hide. Hung receive bribes worth hundreds of million dongs to let the thieves in, investigators said.

Three other guards have handed over VND2 million each.

Thieves broke into a mine operated by Mao Khe Coal Company during Tet in the middle of February, when company officials and workers were on holiday. But authorities kept mum about the incident until late March.


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