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Ex-highway project official charged with taking bribe

Update: September, 10/2010 - 10:00

HA NOI — The Supreme People's Procuracy has indicted former director of the HCM City-based East-West Highway Project's management board Huynh Ngoc Sy for taking a bribe of US$262,000.

The indictment stated that Sy accepted the bribe from Japan-based Pacific Consultants International (PCI) to help the company win consultancy contracts related to the project. The two sides agreed that PCI would give Sy 10 per cent of the contract value on design consultancy and 11 per cent of the contract on supervision consultancy.

According to a confession by former officials of PCI, Sy took bribes seven times. The Ministry of Public Security plans to continue to investigate the other six alleged offences.

The East-West Highway project began in 2005, with a total investment of more than VND9.8 trillion ($516 million), of which VND6.3 trillion ($332 million) was from the Japan Bank for International Co-operation.

The 22km project topped the 10 worst key construction works reported to the Prime Minister in 2008 by the State Council for Evaluation of Construction Works. — VNS

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