German envoys to Albania in corruption probe

30th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 September 2004 , BERLIN - Investigators in Berlin said thy have launched criminal investigations into two diplomats at Germany's embassy in Albania in connection with allegations of bribery. At issue are claims that the two officials issued visas in exchange for illicit cash payments, the investigators said. The Foreign Office declined to elaborate on the case except to acknowledge that "certain measures have been taken in regard to personnel and organisational matters" at the German embassy in Tirana.

30 September 2004

BERLIN - Investigators in Berlin said thy have launched criminal investigations into two diplomats at Germany's embassy in Albania in connection with allegations of bribery.

At issue are claims that the two officials issued visas in exchange for illicit cash payments, the investigators said.

The Foreign Office declined to elaborate on the case except to acknowledge that "certain measures have been taken in regard to personnel and organisational matters" at the German embassy in Tirana.

The Tirana embassy is the second German mission abroad to come under investigative scrutiny in recent months in connection with visa irregularities. Earlier this year the German embassy in Kiev was the focus of an investigation that centred on one staffer.

In the aftermath of the Kiev probe, the Foreign Office launched a crack down which reportedly uncovered the Tirana abuses.

DPA

Subject: German news

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