Euro customs officials detained for smuggling

2011-02-09 13:32

Bucharest, Romania – Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors say 45 customs officials and border police officers have been detained for involvement in cigarette smuggling from Serbia.

Prosecutors said today the detainees working at four western border crossings took bribes of €1 (R9.86) for every box of 200 cigarettes. Prosecutors allege that sometimes they made up to €2 700 per shift.

A court is expected to rule on whether they will be arrested for 29 days pending trial.

The detentions come days after 59 people working on the border with Ukraine were arrested on similar charges.

Romania, a European Union member, borders non-members Serbia, Ukraine and Moldova where cigarettes are cheaper.

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