Posts tagged ‘border’

21 February 2011

Albiţa Border Crossing Point Raided By Anti-Graft Operatives

The Albiţa-Leuşeni border crossing point between Romania and the Republic of Moldova was completely blocked on Monday morning, as anti-corruption operatives began the third series of raids of this year over charges of smuggling and bribery. More than 70 customs workers and border police were being interogated on Monday morning and many of their homes were being searched.

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12 February 2011

Greek Brothers Tried To Smuggle Dead Granpa Over Border

One dead lorry driver and one dead traveler in a single day in Albiţa

Romanian border police officers in Albiţa, Vaslui, could not believe their eyes when they realized that two Greek men tried to get their dead grandfather across the border under the guise of being “deep asleep”. It may sound like something out of an Emir Kusturica movie, but it happened for real on February the 12th 2011. 

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12 February 2011

Smuggler’s Heart Failed As Cops Nicked Him

Albiţa, a gateway from the USSR to the EU

A lorry driver coming in from the Republic of Moldova died of heart failure at the border crossing point with Romania, in Albiţa, Vaslui County. The driver was allegedly carrying an important amount of contraband cigarettes and the border officers had caught wind of his intentions. As his lorry was being thoroughly searched, the driver collapsed. Medics were rushed to the scene but they could only write the death certificate. 

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8 February 2011

UPDATE: Border Police Disarmed, Officers’ Homes Searched

Map of Romanian border crossing points

Anti corruption investigators that raided several border crossing points in Romania, on Tuesday morning, disarmed dozens of border police officers. Tens of houses, belonging to customs workers and border police officers, were also raided with the aid of special operations troops. Another police raid was confirmed just after 08:00 AM Romanian time (GMT plus 2) in Argeş county.

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8 February 2011

New Anti Corruption Raid On Romanian Border

Stamora Moraviţa, one of the border points raided on Tuesday morning

Several Romanian border crossing points were completely blocked on Tuesday morning, as anti corruption officers raided them simultaneously. Prosecutors and special operations officers are now searching the customs at Năidaş, Stamora Moraviţa, Oraviţa, Deta, Cruceni, Argeş, Giurgiu, Dolj and several other locations, according to police sources.

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15 October 2010

Police Bribe Ring at Romanian-Hungarian Border

For a wanted criminal, the bribe is 400 Euros to get across the border from Romania to Hungary – just over the Schengen Eastern frontier. Only 100 Euros for someone with expired documents. This has been revealed by an investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Romanian officers, who went undercover in order to expose an alleged Romanian-Hungarian criminal alliance between police officers and agents.

Investigators have discovered a network of drivers and police officers, that allows wanted criminals to flee the country for the equivalent of the average monthly pay in Romania. Officers approached the drivers, who acted as go-betweens for the corrupt police agents, telling them they had to flee the country.

Subsequently, they were instructed to go aboard lorries or mini-buses. Instead of papers, they would hand the driver the sum of 400 Euros and this would secure them safe passage across the border. According to investigators, the money would be taken by the Romanian police agents, who would then split them in half with their Hungarian counterparts.

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