Police Tuesday February 13 launched an investigation into a former official of the Communist Party’s ideology commission who allegedly took bribes to help cover up problems at a northern hospital.
Trinh Dinh Khoi was accused of abusing his influence on authoritative personnel for personal benefit, Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted a source from the Public Security Ministry’s Investigation Police Department as saying.
Khoi, a former official of the National Ideology and Culture Commission under the Communist Party’s Central Committee, had allegedly received a total of 50 million dong (US$3,100) on three separate occasions from Dinh Xuan Do, former director of the Bac Ninh general Hospital.
Do asked Khoi to use his influence to stop the media from covering his hospital’s problems, Tuoi Tre said.
Khoi, however, only admitted receiving a total of 3.5 million dong (US$219)
He told the police that he had made many telephone calls to the Bac Ninh province’s Communist Party chief and People’s Committee chair.
He had also promised to interfere with the media’s covering of the problems.
The National Ideology and Culture Commission is responsible for reviewing all matters relating to ideology and culture, formulating recommendations and forwarding these to the Central Committee, where they are considered by the Politburo before being referred onward to the legislature.