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Railway official dismissed, arrested for alleged corruption

Update: May, 06/2014 - 14:00
The Viet Nam Railways Corporation has dismissed Tran Van Luc from his post as director of the Viet Nam Railways Authority's railway project management unit. — Photo baodautu

HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Railways Corporation has dismissed Tran Van Luc from his post as director of the Viet Nam Railways Authority's railway project management unit.

The decision follows the investigation into the suspected misuse of Japanese government aid.

A deputy general director of the corporation, Tran Quoc Dong was taken into custody for further investigation into his involvement in the Japan Transportation Consultants, Inc. (JTC)'s alleged bribes for an ODA project in Viet Nam, the Tien Phong (Vaguard) newspaper said.

Last March, Luc had been suspended for 15 days during the investigation into a Japanese newspaper report that a Tokyo-based railway consulting firm had admitted to paying JPY80 million, or about US$780,000, as bribe to win a bid for the Ha Noi urban metro route No1 project. He was also temporarily removed from his post.

The accused firm, Japan Transportation Consultants, Inc., was involved in the ongoing Ha Noi City Urban Railway Construction Project (Line 1), according to the transport ministry.

Two deputy general directors of the corporation, Ngo Anh Tao and Tran Quoc Dong, were suspended for ten days during the probe into their management of the relevant projects.

The accused firm, Japan Transportation Consultants, Inc., was involved in the ongoing Ha Noi City Urban Railway Construction Project (Line 1), according to the transport ministry.

In a March 21 article, the Japanese newspaper with the largest circulation, Yomiuri Shimbun, reported that JTC President Tamio Kakinuma had admitted to paying "kickbacks" to foreign civil servants in Viet Nam, Indonesia and Uzbekistan in return for five ODA projects.

According to the newspaper, the illegal payments were made on some 40 occasions between 2008 and February this year, and totalled JPY130 million, or about $1.27 million. -- VNS

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