Thursday, August 9, 2007
Vietnam Officials Jailed On Graft
Nine people have been sentenced in Vietnam over a high-profile gambling and bribery scandal that led a senior government minister to resign in 2006. Former transport minister officer was jailed for 13 years, seven others for up to seven years and one received a suspended sentence. They were accused of embezzling funds to place illegal bets on football, although one said he used family cash. Corruption is seen as a major problem in the one-part communist state.