Cops probed for failing to seek proper charges in gambling raid

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Two police officers in the southern province of Dong Nai were taken into custody Friday for failing to seek charges after conducting a gambling raid in 2009.

According to the inspectorate from People's Supreme Procuracy, Dinh Cong Luan, chief of Tan Phu District's police division's inspectorate, and Vo Van Nguyen, deputy chief of Tan Phu Town's police division, are being probed on charges of "not seeking criminal charges against people committing crimes."

Three other officers also faced the same charges, inspectors said.

On July 22, 2009, Tan Phu Town's police busted a casino at the local Quoc Cuong bus station, where they confiscated over VND5 million (US$239.35) and arrested four gamblers.

The gamblers later admitted to local police that they placed bets between VND50-200,000 for each game.

Under Vietnamese laws, if gamblers spend between VND2 million to VND50 million ($95.73-2,393) gambling, they are eligible for jail terms between one to five years.

The next day Tran Dinh Thai, a local officer, handed over the case's documents to Tan Phu District police division's inspectorate for further investigation.

However, Luan ordered his subordinates to return the case to Tan Phu Town's police division, where Nguyen, Thai and two other cops rewrote documents, including the gamblers' testimonies, and reduced the reported amount of confiscated money to VND1 million.

The gamblers were then released after paying fines, inspectors said, adding that they launched an investigation after receiving an accusation letter.

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