Vietnamese cops probed for abetting fleers besides Vinalines head

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Police in Hai Phong are investigating two former officers for allegedly aiding illegal migration by providing fake documents for people wanting to leave the country.

Vu Van Sau, former police chief of An Tho Commune in An Lao District, was arrested last November and his deputy Pham Dinh Nghien a month later for abetting the escape of Duong Chi Dung, former head of shipping giant Vinalines and the Vietnam Maritime Administration.

Dung faces criminal charges for deliberately violating state economic regulations and causing millions of dollars losses to the state shipper.

But local police uncovered that Sau and Nghien had provided similar services to people other than Dung, who fled Vietnam in May but was arrested in September by Interpol in an unidentified Southeast Asian country, Tuoi Tre reported Monday.

Investigations found the duo had helped Le Hoai Duong, a 41-year-old local, illegally relocate at least three local teenage girls to Denmark. Duong, a known drug addict, was arrested Monday.

Duong had forged personal documents for the girls 17, 18 and 19 years-old  while the two officers helped to ensure the counterfeit papers get certified.

The girls were busted while in transit in Germany and sent back to Vietnam.

The two officers are being probed for committing fraud on duty.

They had obtained a fake ID from former Hai Phong customs official Dong Xuan Phong, who was already wanted by the Ho Chi Minh City police for smuggling and helping Dung escape.

Phong remains at large.

Regarding Dung's case, Commander Hoang Van Thang from Hai Phong's environmental police department was arrested on January 24 and Colonel Vu Tien Son, as was head of the Hai Phong city public order police department, in December, for helping organize the escape.

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