Customs officials accused of accepting bribes

  • 2006-05-15
  • By TBT staff
Police have accused customs officials on the Estonia-Russian border of accepting bribes of at least 1.5 million kroons, or 96,000 euros.
The tabloid newspaper SL Ohtulet has reported that seventeen officials at the Koidula checkpoint on the southeast border systematically received bribes to ignore a smuggling racket.
Bribes ranged in price from 1,300 to 40,000 kroons, and fluctuated with the cost of the cargo.
A police investigation carried out over 15 months tracked at least 1.5 million kroons in illegal payments from smugglers to the customs officials, the report said.