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Vietnam detects 584 corruption cases in 2007

Vietnam last year discovered 584 cases of corruption with involvement of nearly 1,300 people, which caused total losses of over 865 billion Vietnamese dong (roughly 54.1 million U.S. dollars), the local newspaper Pioneer reported Wednesday.

Most of the cases were detected through denouncements, inspection, auditing, and information provided by press agencies and people, the newspaper quoted the country's Central Anti-Corruption Steering Committee as reporting. The number of corruption cases being prosecuted in 2007 for the charges of abusing power while conducting official duty, and receiving bribes rose over 66 percent against 2006, the newspaper said. "We consider corruption a challenge to the existence of the Vietnamese government," Vietnamese Prime Minister said at a business roundtable between key cabinet members and international business leaders in Hanoi capital in January. To fight corruption, Vietnam is striving to improve its legal systems and promote the life of public servants.

The People's Daily - February 12, 2008.