Hai Phong deputy police chief dismissed

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A deputy police chief of the northern city of Hai Phong has been dismissed from his position for "serious violations" of police and Party regulations, the Ministry of Public Security announced Friday.

Following the dismissal, Nguyen Binh Kien will retire from his position on Monday, the ministry said.

Kien had been expelled from the Party in January.

The city Party unit's inspectors had concluded after an investigation that when he was Vice Director of the Public Security Ministry's department for investment, monetary and financial security between 2010 and April 2012, Kien had broken many rules and violated people's civil liberties.

He also engaged in19 activities that are prohibited for Party members, they said, but provided no further details.

Kien was transferred to the city's police department in April last year, and investigations into his violations began in November.

Kien is the brother-in-law of Duong Chi Dung, who has been charged with "deliberately violating state economic regulations causing serious consequences" while at the helm of state-owned shipbuilding giant Vinalines between 2005 and February 2012.

Dung, 56, had fled Vietnam prior to the arrival of investigators at his house looking to arrest him on May 18 last year. He was apprehended by Interpol in another Southeast Asian country in September and extradited to Vietnam.

Six former officers and the director of a transport company in Hai Phong have been arrested for allegedly abetting Dung's escape.

Dung's younger brother, Duong Tu Trong, deputy chief of the ministry's police department for administrative management of social order, was also arrested in February on the same suspicions.

However, the ministry has yet to confirm his involvement in Dung's case.

According to the ministry, Trong, who was also dismissed from his position, is suspected of organizing illegal transportation of people to other countries.

State inspectors found several irregularities and instances of fraud committed by Vinalines officials between 2007 and 2010, including the purchase and inefficient use of old ships.

Several officials involved have already been arrested.

The firm incurred losses of more than VND2.6 trillion (US$24.7 million) in 2011 and VND1.2 trillion in 2010, but falsely reported profits.

A government report in June last year said the corporation was in a "very difficult" financial situation, with debts exceeding VND43 trillion ($2 billion).

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