Senior Policeman Removed in Corrupt Scandal

The General Police Department on July 11 proposed the Minister of Public Security to relieve major general Cao Ngoc Oanh of his post of Deputy General Director of the department, in charge of the Investigation Unit, due to his suspected links with a corrupt scandal at Project Management Unit 18 (PMU 18).

The proposal by department head Tran Van Thao recommends major general Pham Quy Ngo, another deputy general director of the department, to the post of chief of the Investigation Unit.

In a related development, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung has asked the Ministry of Public Security to make a prompt conclusion to the PMU18 scandal. The PM urged investigators to wrap up the probe in August so people accused of wrongdoing could be prosecuted.

PMU 18 is a road and bridge building agency under the Ministry of Transport. The PM asked the Ministry of Transport to promptly make a final report on the upgrade of National Highway 18, and required the Ministry of Finance assess the report. The national council for checking and taking over the works was ordered to fulfill its task and report to the PM in August. 

The Government leader also urged the Ministry of Public Security to have conclusions on Mr. Cao Ngoc Oanh’s responsibility in the PMU 18 case.

Reported by N.Q. – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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