Former cops charged with accepting bribes in central Vietnam

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Vietnam's highest prosecutors' office Friday ratified charges of "receiving bribes" against two former traffic cops and a man in the central province of Thanh Hoa.

Le Hong Duan, 37, and Nguyen Thanh Hai, 27, will be charged with demanding and accepting VND5 million (US$238) in bribes from truck owner Ho Tan Phuong and truck driver Nguyen Xuan Tinh on July 31 last year.

Prosecutors from the People's Supreme Procuracy said Duan ordered the members of his team to set up the checkpoint on the National Road 1A, even though he was not assigned to do so

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Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Doi, 49, who lives next to the checkpoint, faces the same charge for enabling the bribery scam by loaning Phuong and Tinh VND5 million. He held onto the truck's documents as security for the loan, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors said they did not charge Tinh and Phuong, because they had informed police about the case and cooperated with them during investigations.

Meanwhile, some other officials need to be punished for their involvement in the case, prosecutors have said in a proposal to the Ministry of Public Security. 

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