Police: Enough Evidence to Prosecute Deputy Transport Minister

Nguyen Viet Tien

Police investigators said they have collected enough evidence to prosecute Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Viet Tien on his wrongdoings related to the corruption scandal at Project Management Unit 18 (PMU18), the Ministry of Transport.

The accused at PMU18 have told the police Tien’s wrongdoings while he was still the PMU18 general director before being promoted to Deputy Transport Minister in 1998.

Police investigators have been questioning him for several days. Prime Minister Phan Van Khai suspended him from his job on March 29, 2006 for his dereliction of duty and wrongdoings.

On March 30, the police questioned Luu Quang Van, a project consulting manager at PMU18, about wrongdoings by former PMU18 general director Bui Tien Dung. Van was involved in building a poor-quality road in the northern province of Thanh Hoa. The project was put out to tender in late 2005 during the time Dung lost in many football bets. Dung was reported to ask each of the 24 contractors to give him about US$15,000 to win the bid for the construction of the road.

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Reported by Nam Quoc – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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