10 Customs Officials Sentenced In Tahiti

They were found to have turned a blind eye to some imports such as car parts and in return got discounted car repairs, customs officials said they were unaware of the drug trafficking involving the garage owner

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, September 08, 2017) – Ten customs officials in French Polynesia have been given suspended jail sentences of up to three years for corruption.

They were found to have turned a blind eye to some imports such as car parts and in return got discounted car repairs.

The court has banned from working as customs officials and fined them more than $US5000.

The defence says the verdict will be appealed in France's highest court, which means the sentence is suspended.

Three years ago, the garage owner had been given a seven-year jail term for smuggling drugs inside car parts into the territory.

The customs officials said they were unaware of the drug trafficking.

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