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Vietnam launches hotline against crooked cops amid corruption crackdown

Updated at Thursday, 06 Dec 2018, 13:32
The Hanoitimes - The hotline (0692342593) will accept complaints about corruption in the entire police force rather than only traffic police before.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has set up a telephone hotline for people to report wrongdoings by police officers as part of efforts to curb graft which is no longer invisible in the country.
 
Traffic police. Photo: Baogiaothong.vn
Traffic police. Photo: Baogiaothong.vn
Information reported to the hotline must be in Vietnamese and the informant must declare his/her name, address, office’s telephone or personal number. 

Reports will be discounted if providers refuse to declare their full name, address, and telephone number, or supply insufficient, vague or unsubstantiated information.

Callers will not be attended if they insult the officers on duty, local media reported, citing the ministry. 

The hotline (0692342593) will accept complaints about corruption in the entire police force rather than only traffic police before.

The move somehow shows the country’s attempt to crackdown corruption following tough activities against state officials who violated the law. 

The latest move is jail terms up to 10 years given to high-profile police officers who covered an underground online gambling ring which illegally raised hundreds of millions of dollars.

Some executives at state-owned enterprises, including one former politburo member, have been jailed for mismanagement or embezzlement.

Beyond those high-profile cases, petty corruption in Vietnam is rampant, and road users are often forced to bribe on-the-spot traffic police with cash for minor offences.

Meanwhile, few assets have been recovered out of stolen amount, challenging the party and state’s efforts against corruption. 
Linh Pham
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