Vietnam official dismissed over affair with subordinate

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A doctor has been dismissed as chief of the health clinic at the road management agency for northern Vietnam for violations of employment policies and having an affair with his subordinate.

In its latest announcement, the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam said that it has approved the Hanoi-based Road Management II's proposed punishments, including a warning, for Nguyen Manh Cuong.

Last month Cuong made headlines when his subordinate, a 40-year-old female doctor, and her husband sent letters and a video tape showing Cuong having sex with her to the Road Management II and the press.

The married couple accused Cuong of coercing the wife, who wished to be referred to only as N., into sex. They filmed N. having sex with Cuong at a hotel.

Following the exposure, the Road Management II agency's authorities also disciplined N., saying that she had "victimized" the official.

However, Nguyen Ngoc Dong, chief of the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam, told Thanh Nien that the punishment for the female doctor was baseless, and that they are reconsidering it.

A report on VnExpress on April 18 quoted the husband, also a doctor, as saying that in 2009 N. accepted Cuong's offer to have sex with him in exchange for a chance to enter a postgraduate program in Hanoi.

After that N. demanded that the affair end, but Cuong refused, prompting her husband to give N. mini-cameras in order to capture evidence against the official.

The first clip recorded in January, 2010 only contained sound but not images, so the husband and some others busted the room where his wife and Cuong were having sex at a hotel on the National Road 5 one month later, carrying a camera to record another clip.

They demanded that Cuong sign an agreement saying that he would not disturb N. anymore.

But, when Cuong continued, the husband sent letters to police, asking them to intervene, VnExpress reported. Meanwhile, Cuong has accused the man of blackmailing him.

The case was not made public at that time, as police felt they had reconciled the situation, the report said.

However, the married couple brought the case to light more than two years later, after N. finished her study, she was not given a suitable job and was instead punished by Cuong, the husband said.

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