Vietnam police officer exposed as wanted criminal, arrested

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Police in the southern province of Dong Nai on Tuesday arrested a wanted criminal who had managed to become a provincial police lieutenant.

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said Tran Huu Nam has been serving in the province's emergency unit 113 for some time his criminal background was only uncovered after he was promoted to lieutenant and transferred to Bien Hoa, the provincial capital, where officers looked into his résumé.

Local police had put out a warrant against Nam for his alleged involvement in an assault. Yet he was nonetheless drafted by the army and then at some point afterward became a police officer.

A spokesperson from the provincial police refused to explain how Nam was not exposed in the first place.

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