PM: Probe into PMU 18 Scandal Must Finish in August

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered the Ministry of Public Security and relevant agencies to accelerate investigation into the corrupt scandal at Project Management Unit 18 (PMU 18) and have final conclusions by August.

At a working session with the ministry and concerned agencies in Ha Noi on July 5, the newly-elected Government leader urged investigators to quickly identify the source of money former PMU 18 general director Bui Tien Dung used for football betting.

PM Dung requested investigators to check all invoices, receipts and balance sheets relating to five packages for the construction of National Highway 18, monitored by PMU 18.

He stressed that those found to have assisted criminals and who hindred the work of investigators will be disciplined strictly regardless of their positions.

Investigators in the case reported that Bui Tien Dung had gambled US$1.5 million in football betting.

Investigators have also been concentrating on exposing legal violations within PMU 18, a road and bridge building agency of the Ministry of Transport, when the agency was headed by Dung and his predecessor Nguyen Viet Tien. Tien was arrested a few months ago while he was a deputy transport minister. After that, transport minister Dao Dinh Binh resigned.

Source: VNA – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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