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​Senior Vietnamese police official found dead amid illegal gambling probe

​Senior Vietnamese police official found dead amid illegal gambling probe

Friday, May 04, 2018, 13:43 GMT+7

HANOI - A senior official at a Vietnamese police department in charge of high-tech crimes was found dead in his office on Friday, state media reported.

Police are investigating the death of colonel Vo Tuan Dung, deputy director of the department.

Dung was the deputy head of the department, whose former head, Nguyen Thanh Hoa, was arrested in March on suspicion of involvement in an illegal online gambling ring.

Authorities in April also arrested Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh, the former chief of the General Department of Police, whom police said was suspected of involvement in the ring.

The two former officers have yet to face trial. They have made no public statements.

Officials and state media in the Southeast Asian country often denounce gambling as a “social evil” but it is widespread. Police shut down dozens of gambling rings annually.

Last year, Vietnam said it would allow some citizens to gamble at selected casinos, in a move aimed at boosting domestic tourism and raising state revenue.

Vietnamese citizens aged 21 years and over with a regular monthly income of at least 10 million dong ($440) will be allowed to enter casinos for a trial period of three years, according to a government decree.

The arrests of the police officials come amid a corruption crackdown in Vietnam that has seen several senior government officials and executives of state-owned enterprises arrested and jailed.

Reuters / Tuoi Tre News

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