An investigator in the Customs Service, a policeman of the Directorate investigating fraud (DIF) of the General Police Inspectorate and the head of a section of the DIF, are being investigated for passive corruption. According to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, they have extorted from a commercial agent 50 000 euros to cover up a smuggling case.

Two of the suspects were detained on Saturday, December 17th, when they received the 40 000 euro under the prosecutors’ control. They tried to escape criminal investigation, but after several hours, they have been immobilized by prosecutors. The money were found in the car of one of the detained and were seized to be appended to the file.

However, the prosecutors have conducted a series of activities during the criminal investigation, to detain the third suspect also- one of the beneficiaries of money. But he is trying to evade criminal prosecution, on his name have already been issued several reminders to all institutions of public order to prevent him from leaving the country.

Also, at the residencies of the three suspects there were carried out searches on Sunday, December 18th, to obtain evidence relevant to the case.

The head of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, Viorel Morari, said the suspects are facing up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 5000 conventional units (250 000 lei).

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