Two customs officers rebuked in Da Nang airport bribery scandal

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The customs office of Da Nang airport has taken disciplinary action against two officers who were accused of soliciting bribes by a passenger last month.
Nguyen Thi Thuy Nga, head of the Parcel/Package Check Unit, was reprimanded, while her superior, Nguyen Thai Hoan, head of the Anti-Narcotics Unit, was issued a warning notice, leaders of the customs office said Monday.
Nga had committed "professional wrongdoings" in conducting customs clearance and receiving a passenger's "gratuity."
Hoan was reproached for his lack of supervision in managing staff which led to Nga's misconducts.
The customs office launched an internal investigation after a Vietnamese woman arriving in Da Nang from the US on Jul. 4 complained on her Facebook that a customs officer demanded some "money for a drink."
Even after she gave that officer a VND200,000 bill (US$9), she was asked for "another bill for a colleague."
The disciplinary measures were decided based on the accused officers' reports and footage from security cameras, said Pham Duy Nhat, director of the customs department at Da Nang airport.
"Based on the evidence... these disciplinary measures are relevant," he said.

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