Traffic cops suspended on bribery allegations in southern Vietnam

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have suspended two traffic officers on suspicion that they had accepted bribes to free violators, VnExpress reported Friday.

Tran Thanh Tra, deputy head of HCMC Traffic Police Division, said in the newswire that the division made the move after receiving a video clip filming the two officers continuously stopped vehicles on the Trung Luong HCMC Highway, and after some talks, the drivers were allowed to go.

The officers, referred to only as Dong and Lan, were filmed while they were on duty at the highway's toll booth on November 30.

One of the officers was also filmed putting money and minutes recording violations into his vehicle's tank, he added, without elaborating about how the division acquired the clip.

According to Tra, the clip showed that the officers didn't follow the regulated working procedures. Currently, the division is gathering witnesses to clarify whether the officers solicited and accepted bribes to ignore violations, he added.

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If it is true that the officers accepted bribes, they would be sacked and face criminal charges, the official stressed.

He said, under regulations, traffic officers can fine minor violations onsite for a maximum VND200,000 (US$9.50), such as for failing to follow signs, and encroaching on the opposite part of the street.

Investigations into the case are underway.

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