Le Duc Hai (L) at a police station after he was arrested on August 1, 2014. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong
Police with the Ministry of Public Security are seeking charges against two Thanh Hoa Province forest rangers who allegedly took VND100 million, or more than US$4,700, as bribes from a private company.
The police wrapped up their investigation and recommended that the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the top prosecutor’s office in Vietnam, charge Le Duc Hai and his deputy Le Van Hai with “taking bribes.”
Hai, head of the mobile rangers division of Thanh Hoa Forest Protection Department, was arrested at his office on August 1, 2014.
He was caught receiving VND100 million from a representative of Hoang Linh Company, which owned a truck carrying rare timber from Nghe An Province to Hanoi through Thanh Hoa.
Earlier in the morning, Hai’s unit stopped the truck and confiscated it because the driver did not carry required documents for all the timber.
As soon as the director of Hoang Linh Company heard about the seizure of the truck, he sent an employee to Hai’s office, bringing documents and money.
At the same time, the director informed the police that Hai might ask for a bribe.
Just like what the company expected, after the employee showed up at his office, Hai demanded some money in exchange for the truck.
When the employee was giving him VND100 million, police stormed into the room and caught Hai in the act.
Police said Hai had discussed with his deputy about the plan to ask for bribery from the company.