Two ward chairmen in Da Lat have been suspended from work after being found using drugs in an apartment last week.
The People’s Committee of Da Lat, which is the capital of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, announced the suspensions on Tuesday.
Nguyen Dinh Khoa, chairman of Ward 1, and Vu Thanh Son, chairman of Ward 6, were suspended after police found them using drugs in an apartment on March 25.
Both Son and Khoa, 41 and 42 respective, are managed by the standing board of the Da Lat Party Committee.
“This is so regretful, exceptional, and unprecedented among officials in Da Lat,” said Tran Thi Vu Loan, deputy chair of the Da Lat People’s Committe.
“The Da Lat Party Committee decided to suspend them for 15 days.”
The suspensions were meant to assist an investigation before any punishment can be imposed on the two officials.
Asked to comment on reports that some other people were also doing drugs with Son and Khoa but they managed to escape before police arrived, Loan said authorities were verifying such conjectures.
“Relevant agencies are carrying out a probe,” Loan said.
“They will punish such people if the reports are true.”
A person will be fined up to VND1 million (US$43) for using drugs, according to Vietnamese law.
But the two officials can face harsher punishments in accordance with Party regulations.