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Ex-Chief of Police General Department arrested

Released at: 17:09, 07/04/2018

Ex-Chief of Police General Department arrested

Former Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh (Photo from soha.vn)

Former Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh arrested on charges of "abusing position and power while performing duties".

by Van Chi

Former Lieutenant General Phan Van Vinh, who between 2014 and 2017 served as Director General of the Police General Department under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), has been taken into custody on charges of “abusing position and power while performing duties” in relation to a major online gambling ring, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

The State-owned news agency quoted MPS as announcing on April 6 that the Investigation Security Agency under the Department of Public Security of northern Phu Tho province issued a decision on beginning criminal proceedings against and an arrest warrant for the four-month detention of Vinh, who was born in 1955 and resides in Vi Hoang ward in Nam Dinh city, northern Nam Dinh province.

He faces charges under Clause 3, Article 281 of the 1999 Penal Code, accused of being involved in “using the internet to appropriate assets, organize gambling, gamble, illegally trade invoices, and launder money in Phu Tho province and other provinces and cities.”

State President Tran Dai Quang also signed a decision on April 6 stripping Vinh of the title of People’s Public Security Officer.

Phu Tho police are expanding the probe into the case to clarify the responsibilities of those involved.

On March 11, the Phu Tho Investigation Security Agency launched legal proceedings against and an arrest warrant for Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former Major General and former Director of the MPS’s Police Department for Hi-tech Crime Prevention, accused of “organizing gambling” relating to this case.

Police recently announced that Phan Sao Nam (born in 1979 and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director of the VTC Online Telecommunications Company) and Nguyen Van Duong (born in 1975 and Chairman of the Member Council of the Hi-tech Security Development and Investment Ltd. Co.), are accused of being the masterminds behind the online gambling ring. Meanwhile, Hoang Thanh Trung (born in 1978 and Deputy Director of the Nam Viet Investment Development Service Co. Ltd and former Director of the VTC Technology and Digital Content Company) were also deeply involved in the case.

Their crime was supported by many others, police said.

As of March 14, the investigation agency had launched legal proceedings against 83 persons. Of these, 41 were prosecuted on charges of organizing gambling, 38 of gambling, four of illegally trading invoices, two of laundering money, and one of using the internet to appropriate assets.

The probe initially found that the money paid via legal and illegal payment gateways exceeded VND9.58 trillion (around $422 million), including more than VND9.29 trillion via pre-paid telecom cards and game cards, or 97 per cent of the total money involved. About VND168 billion ($7.4 million) was sent from bank accounts.

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