No bribery found in Hanoi public service recruitment: report

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All 77 officials and job applicants caught cheating during Hanoi's public service recruitment last year were cleared of accusations of bribery, Tuoi Tre quoted local authorities as saying Saturday.

The Hanoi People's Committee reported the conclusions of the inspections it launched into a local official's allegation that in order to get a government job in Hanoi, candidates must pay at least VND100 million (US$4,755) in bribes.

They said although no involved person was found paying and receiving bribes in the public service recruitment, it was a fact that due to the excessive number of applicants compared to the number of jobs, some applicants and their families did ask for "favors" from their connections.

For example, 12 officials in Ung Hoa District are facing punishment after being found to have asked the principal of a local elementary school to adjust the grades of 16 applicants during the district's recruitment of elementary school teachers.

It was reported that the officials asked for the grade adjustments per the requests of their family and friends.

Speaking to the press, Nguyen Van Xuyen, secretary of Ung Hoa's Party Unit, said of all the cases, seven passed the examination, while the rest failed.

Hanoi conducted the investigations in accordance with orders issued by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, after the claim made by Tran Trong Duc, chairman of the city Party unit's Inspection Committee, drew a great deal of attention from the public.

Duc made the claim at a People's Council session on December 7 last year, saying that the heads of internal affairs at local districts who received applications also accepted bribes.

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However, since then Duc has refused to provide any further information.

Speaking to Tuoi Tre after Hanoi authorities reported their findings, Duc said he did not know "clearly" what the municipal People's Committee mentioned about his allegation in its report, and declined to make any further comment.

"I have already said what I want to say. At the moment, I do not have any more opinions," Duc said, when asked if he will present evidence or give feedback on the report.

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