A police officer in southern Vietnam was on Monday asked to voluntarily leave the police service after investigations confirmed he in April propositioned a woman to save her detained husband.
The police of Binh Duong Province said it would give Nguyen Thanh Phu time to resign and if he does not, the police will dismiss him, Tuoi Tre reported.
Phu was suspended in early May after Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen, 30, the wife of a detained man who later died in custody, sent complaints to Binh Duong authorities together with a nine-minute-and-five-second tape of recorded phone calls in which Phu asked her to go to a hotel.
Though the invitation was repeated in the tape, Phu said they were only jokes.
A Binh Duong police officer said that "Even if Phu had joked about going to a hotel with Tuyen, it cannot be accepted. The action has affected the prestige of the police, which is no place for jokes."
When Tuyen refused the hotel invitation, Phu suggested she sell her land to save her husband, whose death was still under investigation.
The family didn't accept the police's explanation that he had committed suicide after hanging himself on the cord of a cell phone charger.
Phu was demoted from major to captain in May.