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Vietnam police dept rejects Facebook post denouncing its alleged corruption

Thursday, December 03, 2015, 15:59 GMT+7
Vietnam police dept rejects Facebook post denouncing its alleged corruption
Traffic police officers stop an overloaded truck in Dong Nai Province, located in southern Vietnam.

The police department of a southern Vietnamese province has rebuffed a Facebook post that points to the alleged “corrupt nature” of its traffic police unit, dismissing such allegations as slander.

On Tuesday, a man posted a lengthy story titled “What is the real nature of Dong Nai traffic police?” on a Facebook profile named C.D.N., in which he points out several non-transparent activities of the traffic cops in Dong Nai Province.

The man claims he is talking “on behalf of all Dong Nai traffic police officers who were either dismissed or transferred to different positions” to voice “the true essence” of the provincial traffic police unit.

The post accuses the inspection into the case in which three Dong Nai traffic cops were suspended for involvement in the beating of a woman over a traffic violation in September as “not being transparent enough.”

In that case, the victim, Do Vu Hoang Anh, was assaulted by a man in plain clothes who joined three police officers at a checkpoint in Dong Nai on September 4.

Anh managed to videotape the case, in which she was bleeding after being hit in the mouth, and posted the footage on YouTube and on her Facebook page later the same day.

The Facebook post says the man in plain clothes was a member of a team of Dong Nai traffic cops allegedly paid to help them while handling similar cases.

C.D.N. also lists several corrupt activities of the unit’s officers, even of the director of the Dong Nai police department.

Nguyen Van Tho, head of the staff bureau with the Dong Nai police department, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday he had read the Facebook post, whose content is “being verified by police officers.”

“The post is an attempt to ruin the reputation and honor of Dong Nai police officers”, Tho said.

“With the libel also attacking the director of Dong Nai police, we are seeking advice from the Ministry of Public Security on how to handle the case,” he added.

Tho said C.D.N. did not provide any piece of evidence for his allegations.

The Facebook of C.D.N. was deactivated at around 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

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