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Former national police chief arrested for alleged abuse of power
Chien Thang
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Former national police chief arrested for alleged abuse of power

Chien Thang

Phan Van Vinh - PHOTO: MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY

HANOI – Phan Van Vinh, former head of the General Department of Police under the Ministry of Public Security, has been detained on alleged charges of involvement in an online gambling ring.

Police of Phu Tho Province last Friday decided to launch criminal proceedings against the former lieutenant general, and detain him for four months for questioning following approval from the provincial People’s Procuracy.

The Ministry of Public Security announced last Friday afternoon on its website the detention of Vinh who is suspected of abusing his position and power while serving as national police chief under Clause 3, Article 281 of the 1999 Penal Code.

Legal proceedings against him were launched based on a decision to investigate the high-profile case in which the Internet was allegedly used to appropriate assets, gamble, illegally trade invoices and launder money in Phu Tho Province and some other localities.

On the same day of Vinh’s detention, the State President signed a decision stripping the retired police officer of the title of people’s police officer.

Phu Tho Province police are expanding the investigation of the case to identify those responsible.

Vinh was a National Assembly deputy representing Nam Dinh Province in the 12th tenure. 

Before taking up the post of director of the General Department of Police, he served as deputy director and then director of the Nam Dinh Province Police Department.

He retired in April 2017.

Police conducted a search of Vinh’s private residence at 199 Han Thuyen Street, Nam Dinh City in the northern province of the same name from 9 p.m. to midnight last Friday.

Phu Tho police earlier detained Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former director of the Ministry of Public Security’s Anti-High-Tech Crime Department (C50) on alleged gambling charges under Clause 2, Article 249 of the 1999 Penal Code.

Investigators found the online gambling ring was run by tech businessmen Phan Sao Nam and Nguyen Van Duong. They reportedly used online gaming portals to enable users to gamble. Nguyen Thanh Hoa is accused of providing protections for this gambling ring.

As of March 16, 83 individuals had been prosecuted for involvement in the ring, with 41 charged with organizing gambles, 38 with gambling, four with illegally trading invoices, two with laundering money and one with using the Internet to appropriate assets. Of these, 38 defendants are in police custody.

At a meeting last month, the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee said this is a large, serious, complex and sensitive case.

At the 2017 review meeting of the Steering Committee for the National Program on Crime Prevention and Control last January, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said Phu Tho police uncovered a transnational gambling case and seized over VND1 trillion. Money transferred overseas was initially estimated at some US$3.6 million.

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