Dozens detained in customs bribery raid

Dozens detained in customs bribery raid

An operation staged in January netted 34 individuals serving at the İstanbul Customs Regional Directorate as part of a major investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption at the customs department.

May 09, 2011, Monday/ 17:36:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

At least 55 customs officials were detained on Monday as part of a major bribery investigation, news agencies reported.

Some reports said 60 people were detained in the operation, which was conducted simultaneously in five provinces, including İstanbul. In addition to customs officials, the heads of some departments and employees of export and import companies have been detained.

The detentions were made on suspicion of bribery, corruption and fraud in export procedures.

The operation was coordinated by the İstanbul Police Department's anti-financial crimes unit. Police said more detentions were expected.

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