Construction inspectors charged over bribery allegations

June 19, 2019 - 15:48
On June 12, Anh and Kim Anh were caught red-handed receiving bribes worth VNĐ250 million (US$10,700) by local police.


Nguyễn Thị Kim Anh, head of the inspector delegation is one of the three inspectors arrested. — Photo

VĨNH PHÚC — The People’s Procuracy of northern Vĩnh Phúc Province on Tuesday gave the green light for criminal charges against three inspectors of the Ministry of Construction accused of taking bribes in Vĩnh Tường District.
The accused are Nguyễn Thị Kim Anh, head of the inspector delegation, Đặng Hải Anh, a specialist of the ministry’s construction inspection division No.2 and Nguyễn Thùy Linh, a member of the post-inspection supervision, examination and settlement division of the ministry’s inspectorate.
The same day, provincial police also launched legal proceedings for the case and temporarily detained the three.

Previously, the Ministry of Construction established a five-person inspection team to probe the planning work, granting of construction permit and management at several projects in Vĩnh Tường.

From the beginning of June, when the delegation was on working trip in Vĩnh Tường, provincial police received complaints from businesses, commune’s People’s Committee and individuals who claimed the delegation had asked for bribes.

The Vĩnh Phúc Police Department set up a working group to investigate the case.

On June 12, Anh and Kim Anh were caught red-handed receiving bribes worth VNĐ250 million (US$10,700) by local police.

After being arrested, the two suspects admitted their crime.

Police raided their workplace and seized documents, VNĐ335 million ($14,250) in cash and other related items.

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on June 14 ordered the Ministry of Public Security, local police and authorities to probe the case, impose strict punishments on violators and report to the Government by August 1.

The Ministry of Construction on Monday has dispatched an eleven-member inspection team to Vĩnh Tường District to take over the inspection duties of the accused.

The team's duties includes inspecting planning and planning management of 29 communes and towns of Vĩnh Tường District. — VNS