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Deputy FM arrested over alleged bribe taking

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has arrested Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung and two others on alleged charges of taking bribes.

Lieutenant General To An Xo, office chief and spokesperson for the ministry, told the local media today, April 14, that the ministry’s Investigative Police Agency had pressed charges against To Anh Dung, Pham Trung Kien, an official at the Medical Projects and Equipment Department at the Ministry of Health, and  Vu Anh Tuan, an ex-official at the Immigration Department at the Ministry of Public Security.

The three are accused of taking bribes in a case in which officials at the Consular Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received bribes from the companies that were seeking approval to arrange flights to repatriate Vietnamese nationals abroad at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic was raging in many countries.

Four officials at the Consular Department had been charged with taking bribes. They are Nguyen Thi Huong, head of the Consular Department, Do Hoang Tung, deputy head of the Consular Department, Le Tuan Anh, office chief of the Consular Department, and Luu Tuan Dung, deputy head of the Citizen Protection Office at the Consular Department.

The Investigative Police Agency on March 25 filed charges against Hoang Dieu Mo, general director of An Binh Tourism, Trading and Air Services Co. Ltd. for giving bribes.

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