Four Bulgarian Border Police were arrested for corruption at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey on September 30.
More arrests were possible in the special operation, led by prosecutors from the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office anti-corruption unit and involving a large number of uniformed investigators from the Interior Ministry’s internal affairs department.
The Border Police arrested had been the subject of an investigation for a year. Unconfirmed reports said that they were suspected of accepting money in return for turning a blind eye to illegal migration.
The operation disrupted work at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint, with a queue of lorries building up to six kilometres, although normal service was resuming, according to public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television.
The operation against the Border Police took place a few hours after the Interior Ministry announced that officers from the Border Police chief directorate had bust an organised crime group that had been trafficking people from the Turkish-Bulgarian border to the Bulgarian-Serbian border.
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