Vietnam drops charges against former transport vice minister accused of PMU-18 corruption

Mar 28, 2008. Vietnamese prosecutors dropped their case against a former vice transport minister who was charged in one of the nation’s biggest corruption scandals, state media reported Friday.

The former vice transport minister was arrested in April 2006 on charges of abuse of power and negligence of duties causing serious consequences. He was released on bail in October 2007.

Prosecutors could not find enough evidence to press charges against Nguyen Viet Tien, the online newspaper VnExpress said Friday.

Prosecutors were not available for comment.

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Vietnam drops charges against former transport vice minister, International Herald Tribune (AP), Mar 28, 2008.

Investigator summons Transport Vice Minister Nguyen Viet Tien re PMU-18 corruption Nguyen Viet Tien was general director of PMU18 prior to his promotion to vice minister of transport in 1998. His successor, Bui Tien Dung, spent million of dollars betting on the results of international football matches and offered bribes to various officials. In his role as vice minister of transport, Mr Nguyen Viet Tien was authorised to manage a huge amount of development capital and he allocated 70% of the capital to PMU18. Mar 22, 2006.

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