Marseille police corruption scandal deepens, 30 suspended

Oct 8, 2012 - by - 0 Comments

MARSEILLE — The number of Marseille police suspected of involvement in corruption rose to 30 on Monday, following the suspension of an additional 18 officers from a unit in the southern French port.

The latest suspensions follow the indictment of 12 of the officers' colleagues Friday on charges of extortion and drug dealing.

Seven of the initial 12 have been imprisoned pending further investigation while the other five were released on bail.

The latest suspensions mean almost half of the 70-strong Anti-Criminal Brigade in northern Marseille are now under investigation in what is beginning to look like one of the most serious cases of police corruption in French history. Read More

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