Police Keep Probing Bribery in PMU18 Corruption Scandal

The Supreme People’s Prosecution Bureau has asked the police to continue focusing on former officials arrested this year in the multimillion-dollar corruption scam at Project Management Unit 18 (PMU18), and sources of bribe money.

Bui Tien Dung

Bui Tien Dung, ex-director of the road and bridge building agency PMU18 of the Ministry of Transport, was arrested early this year in Ha Noi for his involvements in the scandal.

He has confessed to the police that before his arrest, he attempted to bribe his way out of trouble by paying hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Ex police lieutenant-colonel Nguyen Dinh Toan in Ha Noi, who was detained after Dung’s arrest, confessed to the police that he told Dung that there was a person who could cover up Dung’s crimes for US$200,000.

Dung also gave a businessman named Ton Anh Dung dozens of thousands of dollars to bribe investigators.
The police have established that Bui Tien Dung had given money to the businessman, who was also arrested, and some other people to save his PMU18 subordinates Pham Tien Dung, Vu Manh Tien and Le Thi Thanh Hoa.

The scandal is one of the largest-ever corruption cases in Viet Nam. Following Bui Tien Dung’s arrest for gambling and multimillion-dollar embezzlement, Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Viet Tien was arrested and Transport Minister Dao Dinh Binh resigned.

By N.Q. – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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