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Vietnam arrests railway officials in Japan aid graft scandal

Published on May 7, 2014 1:01 PM

HANOI (AFP) - Police in Vietnam have arrested four railway officials in a probe into allegations a Japanese firm paid massive kickbacks to win a railway contract for Hanoi, state media said on Wednesday.

Deputy director general of Vietnam Railways Tran Quoc Dong was arrested for "failure to carry out responsibilities causing serious consequences", Tuoi Tre newspaper said.

Three other senior railway officials were taken into custody for abusing their power, the report said without specifying when they were detained.

In March Japan's leading Yomiuri newspaper reported that the head of Japan Transportation Consultants (JTC), Tamio Kakinuma, 65, admitted to prosecutors that an 80 million yen (S$982,000) bribe was paid to officials at Vietnam Railways for Hanoi's overground rail link worth 4.2 billion yen.

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