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Health minister asks for investigation into bribery charges

Update: November, 06/2014 - 14:24
Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc has been charged with making unlawful payments of $2.2 million to health officers in Viet Nam. — Photo nld.com.vn

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has sent an official document to Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang, asking for an investigation into bribery allegation against health officers.

The health minister has taken the action after Infornet, an online newspaper under the Ministry of Information and Communications, yesterday reported that the United States' Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc has been charged with making unlawful payments, and also paying approximately US$7.5 million in bribes to officials in the three countries. The bribes that were given reportedly amounted to $4.6 million in Russia, $2.2 million in Viet Nam and more than $700,000 in Thailand.

"In case the police confirm that the allegations are true, all individuals or organisations involved will be severely disciplined", Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said. — Photo ph7id.com.br

On Tuesday,  BBC Vietnamese online also reported that Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc in Viet Nam had paid illegal commissions to intermediaries, who, then, gave a portion of their commissions to Vietnamese government officials.

In case the police confirm that the allegations are true, all individuals or organisations involved will be severely disciplined, Tien said.

In case the police investigations find the allegations to be false, the public security department will publicise the results in the mass media to help maintain people's faith in the health sector, she said. — VNS

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