Over 130 Oudomxay police disciplined
Over 30 police officers in Oudomxay province have been dismissed from their posts over the past five years (2011-2015) after taking bribes and abusing their power, according to Oudomxay police.
Some 131 police officers, including 17 women and the 36 who were dismissed, were found to have violated laws and regulations.
Another six police officers were issued official warnings, 81 police officers were refused promotions, two were demoted, and 13 have been transferred.
A report on the cases was presented at the recent inspection meeting of the Oudomxay provincial Public Security Headquarters.
The cases resulted in losses of 197 million kip and 700,000 Thai baht in cash. To date, authorities have recovered 149 million kip and 700,000 Thai baht in cash.
Head of the Oudomxay provincial Public Security Headquarters, Colonel Nilavong Cheuangtavalath said the most prominent cases involved police officers who abused their power for personal gain.
In November last year the Khuamsangob newspaper also reported that more than 1,000 police officers were found to have violated laws and regulations including some 737 who were dismissed around the country.
A report on the cases was presented at the recent fifth meeting on inspection affairs within the public security sector.
The cases resulted in losses of more than 41 billion kip, Vice President of the Party Inspection Committee and Director General of the Inspection Department of the Ministry of Public Security, Brigadier General Duangpi Damanivong, told the meeting.
Most of the money had been recovered, he said with the most prominent cases involving police officers who abused their power for personal gain.
In one example, police officers in Huaphan province accepted bribes from a drug dealer amounting to more than 979 million kip (US$120,000) in exchange for 93 packs of heroin, which were used as evidence in a criminal case.
Another case occurred in Luang Namtha province where police accepted bribes amounting to more than 114 billion kip (14 million Thai baht) in exchange for the freeing of a prisoner sentenced to death over a drug trafficking case.
Brigadier General Duangpi said another 144 police officers were warned, 341 police officers had not been promoted, 101 police had been demoted, and 20 had been transferred.
Of these, 17 police were sent for investigation and prosecution.
The Inspection Committee has committed to work harder and intensify its inspections in an attempt to curb corruption, bribery and the abuse of power within the public security sector.
N ationwide, more than 4,807 billion kip has changed hands due to corruption over the past five years and 734 officials were found to be involved, according to the Inspection Committee of the Party Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.
Some 1,806 Party cadres have been disciplined for violating the Party's statutes and state laws. Of these, 1,007 cadres were expelled from the Party.
Party and government leaders have vowed to escalate the fight against corruption.
Talking to the third nationwide inspection meeting recently in Vientiane, Party Secretary General and President, Bounnhang Vorachit, instructed the top anti-corruption body to appropriately punish officials found violating the regulations in a bid to stamp out malpractice and lax discipline.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 12, 2017)