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
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