Police authorities from Tokyo have taken into custody a female cabin attendant of Vietnam Airlines on suspicion of smuggling. Police have searched the airline’s office in Tokyo as the 25-year old was accused of illegally trafficking in stolen goods to Vietnam.
Authorities are also looking at twenty other Vietnam Airlines employees for the same charge and have invited five crew members to the MPD for questioning. Four cabin attendants and a copilot were the five employees MPD has sought for questioning, however they are still outside Japan and police are waiting for their response. Nguyen Bich Ngoc supposedly brought 21 pieces of stolen clothing worth 125,000 yen (approx. US$1,200) into the airline’s special bus from a hotel in Osaka to the Kansai International Airport in September. The alleged smuggling was a favor from a 30-year old Vietnamese female resident in Japan, who has been charged with purchasing stolen goods.
While Nguyen denied the accusations, telling police she did not know the goods were stolen, she was also quoted to have said that many of her colleagues practice the same and sneaking goods into Vietnam for extra income. She was accused also of bringing stolen goods to other airlines and even received compensation for doing so. A similar incident in 2009 occurred when a Vietnam Airlines copilot was found guilty of trafficking stolen goods from Japan to Vietnam.
[via Bangkok Post]