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Ex-PMU 18 director gets sent down 13 years for bribery and gambling

Update: August, 07/2007 - 00:00

Ex-PMU 18 director gets sent down 13 years for bribery and gambling

(08-08-2007)

Bui Tien Dung (front row, standing, right) and other indictees stand to hear their verdicts. — VNA/VNS Photo Tung Lam

HA NOI — Bui Tien Dung, former general director of the Ministry of Transport’s Project Management Unit 18 (PMU), was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the Ha Noi People’s Court yesterday.

Charged with bribery and illegal gambling, Dung was indicted by the People’s Procuracy for involvement in illegal football betting pools worth nearly US$760,000.

In addition to his prison sentence, Dung was ordered to pay fines of VND50 million ($3,125) on the gambling charge and nearly VND1.2 billion ($75,000) on the bribery charge.

His two accomplices, 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, were sentenced to six and seven years in prison, respectively. Both will have to pay a fine of VND100 million each.

Other accomplices were sentenced to between three and seven years, including former PMU 18 Office deputy head Vu Manh Tien; Dung’s former driver Luong Manh Hoa; Ton Anh Dung, former deputy director of the Song Da Real Estate Joint Stock Co; Nguyen Dinh Toan, former deputy head of the Nga Tu So Ward police; and Nguyen Mau Thon, former director of the Hoa Viet Joint Stock Co.

Nguyen Viet Bac, a former deputy general director of Viet Nam Highway Investment and Development Company, received a suspended sentence and will serve two years’ probation. — VNS

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