This morning, the body of Vo Tuan Dung (55), deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS)’s High-Technology Department (C50), was discovered at the ministry headquarters.
|Vo Tuan Dung, deputy director of C50 |
The Criminal Police Department (C45) has blocked off Vo Tuan Dung’s office at the ninth floor of the MPS building at 47 Pham Van Dong street, Bac Tu Liem district for investigation. The cause of Dung’s death has yet to be announced.
An insider told Vnexpress that while investigating the multi-million-dollar online gambling ring, Phu Tho’s public security agency has held working sessions with Vo Tuan Dung on several occasions to clarify his involvement and any wrongdoings. Before the prosecution of the Rikvip gambling ring, Dung and other suspects were asked to report to MPS.
Doan Minh Huong, director of the Phu Tho provincial People's Procuracy, said that the provincial investigation agency and the procuracy have only arrived to Hanoi yesterday to work with Vo Tuan Dung.
After nearly one year of investigating this online gambling ring, Phu Tho’s public security agency has prosecuted approximately 90 people, including two higher-ups of Dung named Phan Van Vinh, former director general of the General Department of Police, and Nguyen Thanh Hoa, former director of the High-Technology Department (C50).
These two senior officials have been arrested and prosecuted on the charge of “abusing positions and/or powers while performing official duties” (Article 281 of the Penal Code 1999) and “organising gambling or running gambling-dens” (Article 322 of the Criminal Code 2015).
This online gambling ring is the largest ever discovered in Vietnam with 43 million registered accounts, 14 million users, and over VND9.54 trillion ($420 million) in circulation. The case also involved telecommunications networks and game publishers in Vietnam.