Ex-official faces charges in wedding bribery case

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Police in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho Wednesday pressed bribery charges against a former official for accepting over VND4.1 billion (US$196,000) to facilitate local women's marriage with foreigners, VnExpress reported Thursday.

According to the news site, the city's police concluded additional investigations into the case nearly two months after local prosecutors first refused to ratify charges against Pham Thanh Dung, former deputy chief of the Judicial Administrative Section under the city's Justice Department, and eight others.

Dung allegedly received VND6.5 billion ($312,000) from eight people between April, 2009 and November, 2010 to help them expedite paperwork for local women looking to marry foreigners .

Dung was arrested when receiving $900 from Tran Ngoc Trung, one of the eight people, at a coffee shop, VnExpress said.

The news website said Dung also faced charge of "illegal possession of military-use weapons." Police found a shot gun and seven bullets at his house during a raid.

He was given the gun, which was licensed until March 2000, when working wih the Can Tho Authority Organization Commission (now Department of Home Affairs). But he did not return it when he was transferred to the Justice Department in 1998, police said.

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