Vietnamese police reject $550,000 bribe from Chinese fugitive

Police in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khánh Hòa last week turned down a bribery offer from an ex-government official hunted by Chinese authorities, and handed him to their counterparts in China shortly after that.

Yin Wen Sheng, former head of the Electricity Department of the Chinese city of Dongguan, was hiding in a hotel in Nha Trang City on June 18, when a group of officers raided in, according to Major General Trần Ngọc Khánh, head of the province’s police department.

The 47-year-old had been hunted by Chinese police since March for colluding with his accomplices to take a bribe of 18 million Chinese yuan (US$2.9 million) when he was steering the electricity department.
Chinese_FugitiveWhen being escorted from the hotel to the provincial police office, the Chinese said he was willing to bribe VND10 billion ($457,900) but the offer was turned down

Upon being caught by Vietnamese police, the Chinese fugitive offered to bribe the team VND2 billion ($91,600) in return for his release, according to Colonel Võ Đức Thân, from the Nha Trang police department.

But the team rejected the offer, Thân said.

When he was being escorted from the hotel to the provincial police office, the Chinese said he was willing to bribe VND10 billion ($457,900), but the offer too was turned down.

Yin then realized that there were 12 officers in the team, and said he would give each of them VND1 billion if released, or VND12 billion ($550,000) in total, Than added.

The officers eventually requested that the man abandon his idea of bribing Vietnamese police, and warned him that bribery is prohibited in Vietnamese laws, both of those who takes or give bribes are subject to heavy penalties.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security handed the fugitive to their Chinese counterpart on June 20.

Chinese police had earlier asked their Vietnamese counterparts top help them in searching for and capturing the man.

Source: Tuổi Trẻ News

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