Woman claims attacked at traffic police checkpoint after refusing to bribe

By Tieu Thien-Le Lam, Thanh Nien News

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Police in the southern province of Dong Nai said they are still investigating allegations that a woman was attacked at a traffic police checkpoint after she argued with an officer.
Senior lieutenant-colonel Duong Thanh Hai, chief of the provincial Police Department’s Traffic Police Division, told Thanh Nien that he had ordered his subordinates to report what happened.
The case was exposed on Saturday (September 5) when Do Vu Hoang Anh, 22, posted on her Facebook page a short video that showed the quarrel between her and a traffic police officer in Dong Nai.
Anh said she and her boyfriend were driving a motorbike on Highway 51 towards Ho Chi Minh City when three officers at the checkpoint stopped them at around 3 p.m. on September 4. 
The officers told the couple they would be fined for speeding.
Anh said the officers told them to pay a bribe VND500,000 (US$22) to avoid the VND750,000 fine. 
Her boyfriend agreed to pay, but the woman did not.
She then asked the officers what the fine was for and started arguing. 
Anh said a man in plain clothes, standing near the officers, suddenly pushed her and hit her face. 
Other officers reportedly stopped the attack and brought the couple to a police station.
They apologized to the couple. They have been paid VND2 million by the attacker as compensation. 
Anh said the man was "assisting" the police officers at the check point. 
Police however have denied any connection with the man, who has been identified as Pham Minh Tri, a 35-year-old Dong Nai native. 

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