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Ex-PMU 18 director stands trial for bribery, gambling

Update: August, 01/2007 - 00:00

Ex-PMU 18 director stands trial for bribery, gambling

(02-08-2007)

Bui Tien Dung (in handcuffs) faces a three-day trial in Ha Noi. —VNA/VNS Photo Tung Lam

HA NOI— The former general director of the Ministry of Transport’s Project Management Unit 18 (PMU), Bui Tien Dung, and his alleged accomplices went on trial yesterday before the Ha Noi People’s Court on charges of bribery and illegal gambling.

Dung stands indicted by the Supreme People’s Procuracy of involvement in illegal football betting pools worth nearly US$760,000.

His two co-defendants, Bui Quang Hung, a former officer of the Ha Noi Traffic Police, and Nguyen Van Hong, former general director of the Thang Long Real Estate and Commerce Joint Stock Co, co-organised the ring.

On the first day of the trial, the court’s attention was brought to alleged failed attempts by Dung and the others to bribe officials in order to escape prosecution. Dung was alleged to have spent more than VND1 billion on these efforts.

Dung and his co-defendants were interrogated by the court. Thirteen defence attorneys registered to take part in the prosecution and eight defense attorneys represented the accused.

Others set to stand trial later in the scandal include former PMU 18 Office deputy head Vu Manh Tien; Dung’s former driver, Luong Manh Hoa; Nguyen Viet Bac, a former deputy general director of the Viet Nam Highway Investment and Development Co; Ton Anh Dung, former deputy director of the Song Da Real Estate Joint Stock Co; Nguyen Mau Thon, former director of the Hoa Viet Joint Stock Co, and Nguyen Dinh Toan, former deputy head of the Nga Tu So Ward police. — VNS

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