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May 8, 2021
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Bribe controversy at the Ministry of Internal Affairs

Unprecedented corruption investigation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Several police quaestors are facing charges for receiving bribes from subordinates in Constanta. The bribe consisted of fish and expensive drinks which were sent on a weekly basis from Constanta to important members of the Ministry. The Control Department has opened an investigation in this case. According to journalists at e-national.ro, the investigators got hold of the list during the check-ups performed at the end of May in Constanta, after a police officer of the Anti-Corruption General Directorate (DGA) who was working undercover as a drug dealer was assaulted by two police officers of the Brigade Against Organised Crime of Constanta (BCCOC). Sources within the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) cited by Mediafax claim that the drinks and fish intended for the chiefs at the General Police Inspectorate of Romania (IGPR) and sent by subordinates at BCCOC, were in fact Christmas gifts from 2009, but were never sent.  The list released by e-national.ro includes questor Florentin Robescu, deputy chief of Romanian Police, questor Claudiu Cucu, deputy head of the Directorate Against Organised Crime and his deputy, questor Constantin Bolbosanu, questor Catalin Dragota, former deputy head of the Bucharest Police Department and currently chief of the Directorate for Public Safety and Order, questor Tache Bocaniala, former deputy chief of Romanian Police, and chief commissioner Liviu Ungureanu. The list shows that the police officers were supposed to receive fish produce and wine and whiskey bottles from subordinates in Constanta.

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