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Legal official given life in jail for bribery

Update: July, 26/2012 - 10:00

CAN THO — Pham Thanh Dung, an official at Can Tho City's Department of Justice, was sentenced to life imprisonment for receiving bribes and illegally storing military weapons, according to the municipal People's Court on Tuesday.

Dung was alleged to have received US$900 from Tran Ngoc Trung at a cafe in the city on October 11, 2010.

Investigators said that Dung received a total of more than VND4.1 billion (US$195,500) from May 2009 to October 2010 to conduct marriage registrations involving foreigners.

The court also gave eight others charged with offering bribes 10 to 20 years' imprisonment.

Authorities said that the case involved the biggest bribes recorded in the city. — VNS

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