A number of police officers in Hanoi have been temporarily removed from their job after many of them were seen supposedly receiving bribes from drivers considered to have violated traffic rules, in a viral video shot by Vietnamese reporters.
The Hanoi police department, PC67, has suspended 20 policemen suspected to be implicated in the bribery.
They belong to the patrol teams of No. 3, 5 and 6, who previously set up checkpoints along streets in the city in order to spot driving offenses.
“Although not 14 of the officers were involved or captured on film, they are subject to suspension because of participating in the same patrols,” said Dao Vinh Thang, director of the police department.
The other six are the teams’ heads or deputy heads.
He said that the administration wants to probe the leaders’ responsibility for their members’ malpractice.
“The administration is conducting the investigation. Our view is that we’ll identify the true people with the wrongdoing and give them a legal penalty without leniency,” the director said.
In the video, made by Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reporters, riders with traffic offenses offered many of the policemen objects that resemble banknotes.
These officers let the riders slip the objects amongst pieces of paper on which information on the violations was written down, or used a hand to take the cash-like things before hiding them.