More Vinalines arrests

Vietnamese state shipowner Vinalines has been rocked by another fraud probe.

Its deputy general director Vu Khan Tu has been suspended for 15 days while he clarifies his role in a $400,000 embezzlement case, the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.

Police later detained Tu after searching his office and home. The detention will last four months.

The move follows the arrest of three executives at subsidiary Quang Ninh Port Company (QNPC).

QNPC deputy chief Dinh Ngoc Uyen, the company's chief account and a cashier were held on suspicion of misappropriating funds by submitting forged invoices between late 2011 and the end of 2012.

Tu was head of the port company at the time.

The suspects have returned most of the money to the police.

In 2012, Vinalines' former chairman Duong Chi Dung fled the country during an investigation into a separate embezzlement case.

He and former general director Mai Van Phuc were sentenced to death.