Bosnian custom officials detained over corruption

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Police in Bosnia have detained several high-ranking customs officials, accusing them of tax and customs evasion and money laundering worth millions of euros.

The prosecutor’s office in Bosnia said Tuesday the operation is part of an ongoing fight against corruption and organized crime, focusing on state officials.

Prosecutors said at least 10 people were detained. Some are customs officials who according to the statement were bribed to let trucks belonging to certain companies cross the border into Bosnia without paying customs for the goods brought in, mainly textiles.

According to Transparency International, Bosnia is one of the most corrupt countries in Europe. Authorities have recently begun fighting corruption and tax evasion more vigorously.

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