Journalist arrested on bribery charges

The police in Ho Chi Minh City on January 2 arrested a journalist at Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper charged with “giving bribes.”

39-year-old Nguyen Van Khuong, who is famous for his articles on traffic police corruption under the penname Hoang Khuong, was allegedly involved in the bribery case of Huynh Minh Duc, former officer of Binh Thanh District’s traffic police division.

Duc was arrested on November 18 last year for taking bribes from a traffic violator, after Khuong exposed his acts in articles published in July.

However, on December 3, Tuoi Tre announced that it had suspended Khuong and reviewed his work when writing the articles.

According to the newspaper, the suspension was in response to HCMC’s police division’s proposal to revoke Khuong’s press card and review his work.

The police reported that in June, Duc received bribes from Tran Anh Tuan, the owner of a trailer truck, which was seized after causing an accident. In return, he allowed Tuan to take the truck back.

Ton That Hoa, director of Duy Nguyen Co., was also arrested for brokering the bribe. Meanwhile, Tuan was let free while being investigated on charges of “giving bribes.”

A report on Dan Viet (Vietnamese people), quoted the police’s decision to arrest Hoa as saying that Hoa received money from Tuan and Khuong to pay Duc.

The case is still under investigation.

Thanhniennews/VOV Online