Cops arrested for taking bribes in northern Vietnam

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Two police officers in the northern province of Bac Kan were arrested Wednesday on charges of accepting VND40 million (US$1,920) in bribes in a case involving the transport of illegal wood in 2009, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

According to the inspectors from the province's prosecution office, while handling the case between December 11 and January 20, 2010, Nguyen Hong Dong and Ma Dinh Chinh, both officers of Bach Thong District's police division, asked for and received bribes from Do Ngoc Quang and Nguyen Chi Nghia.

In return, the officers recommended to their seniors that no criminal charges are filed against Quang and Nghia and that they be fined instead.

The inspectors accused Quang and Nghia of offering bribes, and have urged that they are investigated as well, the newspaper reported.

They have also asked Bac Kan's People's Procuracy to cancel the decision not to press criminal charges so that the case is handled as per the law, the Tien Phong newspaper said in a report published Thursday

According to the inspectors, related agencies violated legal procedures by not seeking criminal charges against the duo citing lack of evidence.

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