​Vietnam deputy police minister sacked amid corruption crackdown

Bui Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of Public Security, was fired for 'very serious violations'

Bui Van Thanh, former Deputy Minister of Public Security. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

HANOI - Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Wednesday fired the deputy police minister, the highest ranking police official to be removed in a corruption crackdown in the Southeast Asian country, the government said.

Bui Van Thanh, Deputy Minister of Public Security, was fired for “very serious violations”, Phuc said in a statement. The decision took effect immediately.

Vietnamese authorities have arrested dozens of officials and business figures in the corruption crackdown.

The Party late last month stripped Thanh, 60, of all of his party credentials saying he violated regulations on state secrets and illegally issued documents on land management, the government said in a separate statement.

“Thanh’s violations caused very serious consequences, affecting the prestige of the party, the police force and causing public anger,” according to the government statement.

Phuc also demoted Thanh from Lieutenant General to Colonel, according to the government statement.

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