29 May '11, 6am

Vietnam bans cops from 'inappropriate' behaviour such as wearing sunglasses, chatting and reading books

HANOI - COMMUNIST Vietnam has banned police from wearing black sunglasses, chatting, smoking and putting their hands in their pockets while they are on duty in public places, a media report said. Under a new order from the Ministry of Public Security, officers must also 'keep appropriate manners and be in the right position when on duty,' said the English-language website of state-controlled Tuoi Tre newspaper. 'This means traffic cops must not hide behind trees to ambush' and issue fines. The report, published on Saturday, also said on-duty police were now banned from reading books, making or answering non-work related phone calls, drinking alcohol or eating at restaurants that illegally encroach onto pavements. Vietnam's traffic police are seen by citizens as notoriously corrupt. Last year US-based Human Rights Watch urged Vietnam to investigate 'widespread police brutal...

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