Questions are being raised about the way the police department in Dak Lak Province has chosen to handle its internal affairs after several officers were promoted even after being accused of corruption.
According to personnel announcements on Monday, the department decided to transfer four senior officers to new teams.
While the transfers appeared punitive, media reports pointed out that these officers were basically promoted.
In one case, Vo Ngoc Quang, a suspended senior investigator at a district level, was transferred to the provincial investigation team.
He was "punished" for raising his gun at his colleagues to stop them from searching his house for illegal timber last November, Dak Lak Police spokesperson Nguyen Van Quy said at a meeting.
Three of Quang’s former colleagues involved in his case have received similar treatments.
Nguyen Buong was suspended from the police chief position of Cu Kuin District, only to serve as head of the social crime department at the provincial police.
Cao Tien Phu, the district’s former deputy police chief, and Ngo Xuan Thin, its former senior investigator, were also moved up to the provincial level. Their new positions have not been revealed yet.
Quy said, without giving names, that the province also censured eight other police officers from Cu Kuin District after locals accused them of taking bribes and other violations.
Taking bribery is punishable by at least two years in jail according to Vietnam’s Penal Code.