Prosecutors Monday announced prosecution against two former high-ranking police officials from the central highlands province of Dak Lak for failing to properly supervise the investigation of a drug smuggling case in 2005.
Nguyen Cong Chuc, 56, former head of Buon Ma Thuot Town's police division, and his subordinate Tran Duc Thinh, 44, former deputy head, faced charges of "being irresponsible and causing serious consequences," the People's Supreme Procuracy said.
According to the indictment, in August, 2005, the Buon Ma Thuot police arrested Kim Van Anh and another three people for keeping and trading in drugs.
Chuc ordered Thinh and investigator Bui Vu Trong Quoc to handle the case.
However, Quoc didn't pursue the investigation, and in December that year, when its deadline neared, Quoc made up reports of interrogations and forged the signatures of Anh and witnesses.
He was also found to have forged Chuc's signature in other related documents.
In March 2006, Anh was handed a nine-year sentence.
However, in September 2007 the Dak Lak police force discovered violations in procedures during a routine review.
Quoc was then given three-year suspended sentence, while a fresh investigation was launched into the drug smuggling case.