Officers from the Ministry of Public Security have arrested a senior policeman in the northern province of Ha Giang for allegedly soliciting bribes from forest rangers while probing bribery accusations against them.
News website Dan Tri reported Tuesday that Vi Anh Tuan, deputy chief of the Ha Giang police department's inspectorate, is accused of colluding with Nguyen Dinh Quang, a department investigator, to demand VND100 million (US$4,700) from Nguyen Viet Xuan, chief of the Meo Vac District forest rangers.
In return, they promised to clear several officials of the charge that they had collaborated with illegal loggers.
On June 9 Xuan ordered a subordinate to pay them VND20 million ($945), and tipped off the provincial police.
Later, on June 21, Quang was caught red-handed receiving the rest of the demanded amount and now faces charges of "receiving bribes."
The police are investigating the case further.
The status of the investigation into the illegal logging is not known yet.
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