Eleven agents from the Pantelimon Police Department are being investigated for taking bribe, forgery and abuse of office against public interests. Following searches, they were picked up and interrogated, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Bucharest Court of Law informs.
“In October 2013, the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Bucharest Court of Law ordered the initiation of criminal proceedings for of 11 police agents from the Police Inspectorate of Ilfov County – Pantelimon Police Department suspected of taking bribe, forgery and abuse of office against public interests, as the case may be,” a joint press release by the Bucharest Prosecutor’s Office and the General Anticorruption Directorate notes.
According to the cited sources, the police agents received money from drivers caught in traffic in exchange for not retaining their driver’s license. Additionally, police officers avoided issuing sanctions or writing up fine notices for small offences – some of which were applied to pedestrians only – that did not require driver’s license retention.
The police agents suspected in this case were picked up Wednesday following searches performed at Police headquarters in Pantelimon by DGA officers coordinated by prosecutors at the Prosecutor’s Office of the Bucharest Court of Law.
According to legal sources, attention was drawn to the agents from the Pantelimon Police Department after two complaints were filed in 2012, and at the start of this year, respectively.