Saturday, April 29, 2006

Two policemen tried for soliciting and accepting bribes

Two policemen tried for soliciting and accepting bribes

MATANZAS, Cuba - April 19 (Hugo Araña, Agencia Línea Sur Press / - Two patrol officers were tried and found guilty of
corruption after the police internal affairs department learned they had
accepted bribes from someone transporting onions to Havana.

Ivan Romero Roque and Pedro Elián could face sentences of between eight
and 20 years.

The two officers, patrolling in car No. 320, stopped a truck carrying
onions to Havana whose driver did not have the required permits in the
municipality of Aguada de Pasajeros, Cienfuegos province.

The two officers then presumably accepted a bribe to let the truck pass

It was not immediately known how internal affairs found out about the
incident, but it ordered the officers' immediate arrest. They were tried
April 17.

Officer Romero pleaded not guilty, but officer Elián allowed the
accusation against them was true.

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