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Vietnam arrests former ambassador to Japan on bribery charges

Deputy foreign minister, Osaka consul general ensnared in repatriation flight scandal

Vu Hong Nam had served as Vietnam's ambassador to Japan since 2018. (Photo by Tomoya Onishi)

HANOI -- Vietnam has arrested its previous ambassador to Japan on allegations of accepting bribes when organizing repatriation flights amid the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Thursday.

Vu Hong Nam and other officials are suspected of taking bribes to give certain people priority on flights home for Vietnamese nationals who had been left stranded when international travel was locked down, according to local media.

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