Senior Police Officer Faces Dismissal, Gov’t Official Resigns

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has just made fresh moves in the fight against corruption, ordering a dismissal for a police major general and accepting the letter of resignation by a deputy head of the Government Office.

Mr. Cao Ngoc Oanh

Position removal for Cao Ngoc Oanh

Prime Minister Dung asked Minister of Public Security Le Hong Anh on July 5 to relieve major general Cao Ngoc Oanh of his post of Deputy General Director of the General Police Department in charge of the Investigative Agency due to his links with a scandal in Project Management Unit 18 (PMU 18).

The PM also asked the Ministry of Public Security to conduct further investigation on former PMU 18 general director Bui Tien Dung's confession that he gave US$20,000 to lieutenant colonel Do Huy Kim from the General Police Department to help him out of the PMU 18 scandal; and that Kim had used his own name to register a five-seat car for Bui Tien Dung’s family.

Resignation of Government Office’s deputy chief

Also on July 5, the Prime Minister approved the letter of resignation by Nguyen Van Lam, deputy chief of the Government Office.

Lam was found taking VND2,250,000 from several agencies of provinces where he paid working visits. His action violated the Government’s rules, and tainted the Government Office’s and his own prestige, according to the PM.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman Nguyen Kinh Quoc said the PM stressed the Government’s ban against the use of money from the State budget for presents.

By staff writers – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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