Northern Vietnam official suspended on aid bribe suspicion

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A foreign affairs official in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho has been suspended after being caught red-handed receiving bribes from a foreign company involved in vocational training with foreign aid.

Police officers apprehended Bui Tien Khanh, 39, deputy head of the province's Foreign Affairs Department, at a café earlier this month, news website VnExpress reported without providing details.

The bribe is suspected to have been paid in connection with a VND600-million (US$28,500) vocational training project in the area.

Khanh's department is responsible for the paperwork and manages projects funded with foreign official development assistance, and he was directly managing the vocational project.

Projects are allowed a 3 percent expenditure on management and conference costs.

Khanh took over the job a year ago and was standing in for his boss who was on a month-long official trip.

The investigation is continuing.

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