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Official arrested for football gambling

Update: January, 21/2006 - 00:00

Official arrested for football gambling


HA NOI — Police arrested Government official Bui Tien Dung yesterday for illegal football gambling.

Dung, the general director of the Ministry of Transport’s Project Management Unit (PMU) 18, was questioned and booked by police officers from the Ministry of Public Security’s Department of Crime Investigation yesterday over the alleged gambling offenses.

Police also raided Dung’s apartment and office to search for evidence in the case.

Dung, 47, has been linked by police to the nation’s biggest gambling ring. The gambling ring was believed to be led by Bui Quang Hung, a Ha Noi policeman.

Police said Dung had bet the most money in the ring to date, and that the Ministry of Transport official had spent US$1.8 million in illegal bets on European football matches, including $320,000 on a Manchester United-Arsenal game, $220,000 on Chelsea-Middlesbrough in England’s Premier League and $268,000 on a Spanish Liga Barcelona-Real Betis game.

Police said Dung was implicated in the gambling ring when his name and details of his bets were found in Hung’s computer, which police confiscated when they took Hung into custody.

Another official at the Ministry of Transport, Nguyen Viet Bac, Deputy General Director of the Highway Development Company, was also questioned by police yesterday. Police said Bac was also implicated in the illegal football gambling case.

It was reported that while Bac co-operated fully with the police, Dung did not supply his full co-operation during the investigation.

Police said both Dung and Bac denied involvement in the crimes.

Dung’s swift arrest, according to police, was to prevent the alleged offender from fleeing authorities. Bac was allowed to leave the police office after questioning.

After Dung’s arrest, the Ministry of Transport dismissed him from his position and assigned Doan Van Chiem to head PMU 18. A deputy minister will oversee the unit directly until it is functioning sustainably. — VNS

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