HCMC traffic cop arrested for taking bribe

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Ho Chi Minh City police on Friday arrested a former traffic police officer who received bribes to give confiscated vehicles back to traffic violators, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

In late June, senior lieutenant Huynh Minh Duc, former officer of Binh Thanh District's traffic police division, received VND3 million (US$142) from Tran Anh Tuan, the owner of a trailer truck, to return the truck to Tuan.

The truck was seized by police after having previously caused an accident.

Tuan was introduced to Duc by Ton That Hoa, the director of a local company, police said.

On June 25, Hoa introduced another man named Hung to Duc. Hung paid Duc VND15 million ($713) to get back his motorbike, which had been confiscated by police after taking part in illegal street racing.

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After the bribery cases were exposed by Tuoi Tre newspaper, HCMC police launched an investigation, and Duc admitted his acts.

Duc was suspended after that. Hoa was also arrested on charges of "mediating bribery."

Police are still investigating other people involved in the bribery cases.

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