Vietnamese policeman in trouble for organizing cockfight betting

May 31, 2006

Vietnamese authorities stripped a police major of his rank Tuesday for organizing betting on a cockfight in his house.

 

Major Nguyen Hoang Son, 42, a Ho Chi Minh City traffic inspector, was caught red-handed on 19th May playing the bookie in district 9.

He owns a 2,000 sq.m parking lot which he also uses as a cockfight arena.

The police which found 59 gamblers, 19 fighting cocks, and seized VND80 million (US$5,000) and $2,000 in cash, 35 mobile phones, 29 motorbikes, and two cars, has sought warrants to prosecute Son and 24 others involved in the betting.

The city police force had earlier suspended Son.

Cockfights and any other activity held for gambling is illegal in Vietnam.

Reported by Dam Huy – Translated by Hoang Bao

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