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Five more registration officials in Hanoi prosecuted for soliciting bribes

Police of Hanoi’s Thuong Tin District has started legal proceedings against five officials at 2915D Registration Centre for taking bribes.
2915D registration centre. — Photo vietnamplus

They are Dinh Van Hung, 59 years old, chairman of the members' council of Hiep Ha Ltd Company and Pham Chi Cong, 33 years old, director of 2915D Registration Centre.

The others are employees of the registration centre under investigation are Do Tien Duc, 32 years old; Tran Van Diem, 26 years old; and Luu Thi Ha, 34 years old.

According to the police, the centre’s officials received bribes from vehicle owners to ignore registration errors of vehicles that do not meet the requirements of the braking system and environmental protection emissions.

The defendants admitted they requested vehicle owners give them VND200,000 to VND300,000 to change the vehicle inspection results.

After receiving bribes, the inspectors performed a reverse gear procedure on the brake system so that the metre clock showed results that met standards. They also covered the 'emission sensor eye' to confirm that the machine meets the standard.

The case is being further investigated.

On January 14, Colonel Chu An Thanh, head of the Hanoi’s Investigation Police Department on Economic, Corruption-related Crimes and Smuggling, said that the city busted nine corruption cases at ten registration centres.

Four cases with 18 defendants involved have been prosecuted for taking bribes. Among those, three defendants are centre directors, and one is a deputy director. Fourteen other defendants are the centre’s employees.

In the remaining five cases that have not been prosecuted, the police detained 57 defendants who were directors, deputy directors and employees of the city’s registration centres.

The profits appropriated in those cases were estimated at some VND20 billion.

Among ten violating centres, five are State-owned centres managed by Việt Nam Register, Hà Nội’s Department of Transport and Hanoi Transport Corporation.

Five others are private centres.

According to Hanoi’s police, the centres received bribes to ignore technical errors in vehicles such as brakes, emission standards, lights, tonnage, and spare parts.

Some centres used photo editing apps and other software to change technical errors. 

Source: Vietnam News


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